Parenting Before Parole: 15 Ways to Help Children Deal with the Incarceration of a Parent

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15. If you have difficulty talking to your child about jail, seek additional resources.

It can be difficult to break down the situation for a child when you are conflicted about your own emotions. The circumstances of the arrest and other adult situations a young child may have witnessed can be hard to explain in terms they understand.If you don’t know where to start, visit The Family Connections Center for books that can help explain incarceration in a way that kids can understand and reassure them they aren’t alone.

Toya Sharee is a program associate for a Philadelphia non-profit that focuses on parenting education and building healthy relationships between parents, children and co-parents. She also has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog BulletsandBlessings.

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