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10 Major Events of 2013 and How to Talk to Your Kids About Them

Now that we are moving into 2014 it’s a great time to reflect on the events of 2013. As my children get older they start to notice more in the news and popular culture around them. This has been a great time to bring up open discussions between the family. We have been able to talk about what these events mean, and how they affect us all.

There were many things that occurred in 2013, such as the Boston Bombing and the passing of Nelson Mandela. Although sad, there are many lessons we can take from them.  Use these events as platforms to be able to open up conversation with the kids. Help them make sense of their feelings, so that they are better equipped to deal with major events in the future.

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    Talk to your kids to help them understand what happened in the Boston bombing. They might be feeling a multitude of feelings, but are unsure how to make sense of it all. Explain to them what has happened in terms that they can understand.
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    Nelson Mandela passed away on December, 5, 2013. Take time to talk to your children about all the wonderful things Nelson Mandela accomplished in his life.  The lessons he taught us can help shape a better future. Talk to your kids about how they can apply his many teachings to live a better life and help make the world a better place.
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    What happened to Hannah Montana? Miley Cyrus has been in the news quite a bit this year for some very questionable behavior. Talk to your kids about how it is important to have morals and a strong sense of self. 
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    Talk to your children about what marriage equality means. This is a great opportunity to let them open and up and ask questions. An open discussion could have some wonderful results. 
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    Pope Francis became the new Pope March 13, 2013. Talk to your children about what being the Pope means and his important role in the Catholic Church. You can also talk about what the Pope believes and teaches to help make a better world for everyone.  
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    There were many important events in 2013, and the war in Syria is definitely at the top of the list. Find the best way to talk to your children about what is going on. It can be very confusing, so putting it in terms they will understand can make a big difference. Work as a family to come up with ways that you can help others that might be suffering too. Discussing it can help your kids make sense of the world we live in. 
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    Let your kids know what the government shutdown meant for America and how it affected the rest of the world. This is a great way to start talking about the role our government plays in the world and how we influence and are affected by their actions.  
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Babble.
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    Hearing about the Asiana plane crash can be a scary thing to hear about. Let the kids know that although this accident occurred it is not happening every day. Your words can comfort them to know that they are safe when you are taking trips this new year.
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at Baby Center.
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    The story of Ariel Castro is an absolutely terrible one. Although you don't need to go into full detail, you can take this opportunity to talk to children about safety. Let them know about the importance of not going off with strangers and to follow their instincts if they feel uncomfortable.
    Read more on how to talk with your kids at NCPC.
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    The devastating Oklahoma City tornado destroyed almost everything in its path in May of 2013. Natural disasters can happen at any moment, which can be a terrifying thing. Sit down with the kids and comfort them by letting them know about ways to stay safe in emergencies. Open up the discussion further to talk about ways to help those who have been affected by natural disasters.  

    Read more about talking with your kids at ABC News.

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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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