Welcome to Hard Talks With Kids. My name is Estée Pouleris. I’m a former Advertising exec turned stay at home mom when my daughter was born in 2011. This past year has been an interesting one. As I prepared myself and my child to enter the public school system in NYC I realized there were some hard talks we needed to have in order for her to be truly ready. It was also this last year at home with me that we experienced the Orlando shooting and most recently the Chelsea bombing, among other horrific international and domestic events. In my family we don’t watch the news on TV when my child is in the room, so she’s very innocent about this violent part of the world. I am also very aware there is a good chance she’ll be hearing about some of the scarier parts of our world from other kids at school.
I personally work with a therapist and vet these conversations with her prior to having them with my daughter. It’s been a wonderful way for me to practice the talks and get professional guidance as to what is age appropriate. I learned so much from her, it sparked the idea to create a site covering much of the talks we’ve had. Due to client/patient confidentiality my therapist and I could not do this site together. Instead I’ve partnered with therapists and child experts I became familiar with over the years of reading parenting books in addition to web searches on particular topics. All content in this site is written by childhood experts, therapists or doctors. (Nothing against mommy bloggers, I happen to be one, but this site is specifically written by experts, not me).
The goal of this site is to empower parents to engage their children in conversations on hard topics. Hopefully the end result is the child feels safe and knows they can talk to their parents about scary subjects. All information is to be used for ideas on how you may want to approach certain subjects with your child. You know your child best, so it’s up to you if you even want to have these conversations. Should you choose to, I hope you find this professional information helpful.
If you are a social worker, psychologist, child behaviorist or psychiatrists and interested in working together please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Kathleen Phelps who donated this awesome logo! She’s a fantastic graphic designer I have a long great history with, she’s good stuff 🙂