The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed the world. Many of us found ourselves quarantined at home with our children, having to navigate work deadlines and our children’s schoolwork. Emotions were high, and for some of us, that is still happening. We struggle when our best-laid plans fall to the wayside. We have to pivot from Point A to Point Z, always planning for snafus while hoping for a break.

One thing is for certain: As parents, we have become more resilient. Our kids have, too. The past couple of years have been hard, and we’ve had to have conversations we didn’t anticipate. But, our kids are smart – and stronger than we think. Often, they crave honesty, information, and comfort during trying times. No matter if you’re talking with your child about a global happening or something that is going on in your own household, use these tips to have honest conversations.