Parenting: Difficult Conversations

By Life Kit from NPR and Sesame Workshop

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Is Santa Claus real? What happened to the cat? Why is that kid's skin color different? Raising children means facing tough questions. Sesame Workshop's child development experts have 50 years of experience with giving answers. They help us handle three sensitive subjects: magic, race, and death.

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What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary
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Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at Montclair State University, give us tips.
Jan 10, 2020
Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?
1103
Magical thinking is part of childhood, and when it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. Here's what to do when kids start aging out of the magic and asking tough questions.
Nov 28, 2019
Special Announcement From Life Kit
101
Life Kit is excited to bring you more episodes but we're making some changes to how we organize things. Starting in the new year, this three-part guide will disappear, but all of the episodes will still be available — they are just moving to our main Life Kit feed. Search your podcast app for Life Kit from NPR and subscribe so you never miss an episode.
Nov 25, 2019
'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano
1086
Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character on TV mirrored many of Manzano's real-life milestones, like marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria's wedding on the show). She also wrote for Sesame Street in later years, and helped the show address diversity issues. In this special episode, Manzano reflects on her 44 seasons on Sesame Street, what she thinks was the show's most poignant moment — and which Muppet was secretly her favorite.
May 31, 2019
'What If We Lived In Two Houses?' Talking Kids Through Divorce
1349
Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition.
Apr 26, 2019
The Problem With Toy Guns And Princesses
1615
Whether it's mini-makeup kits, gross-smelling slime or semi-automatic foam-dart guns, every parent or caregiver has fielded requests for toys that they're just not that into. Here's when you should worry.
Apr 26, 2019
Death: Talking With Kids About The End
1472
Whether it's a goldfish or Grandma, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it.
Apr 26, 2019
Talking Race With Young Children
1244
Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
Apr 26, 2019