Things to remember
When having your conversation:
- Everyone’s child is different, and some will want to talk more than others. What’s most important is that you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk.
- If your children don’t seem interested or don’t ask a lot of questions, that’s okay.
- Trust yourself. As a parent, you’re one of the leading experts on your child. You know how to be a parent – that’s skill enough to be going on with.
Remember also to look after yourself:
- This situation can be stressful – regardless of your age. To look after the people you love, you also need to look after yourself.
- If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before having a conversation or answering your child’s questions.
- If you are feeling worried, tell your child that you will find some information and talk to them soon.
© University of East Anglia