When children learn about something BIG and BAD — even when they hear only bits and pieces — their brains get busy trying to make sense of it.
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
And especially, will it happen again?
Something Bad Happened guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about serious world events, from environmental threats to human tragedies. Care is taken to use the non-specific term “bad thing” throughout, helping parents retain control over which events to talk about, and how much information to provide.
Written by child psychologist and best-selling author Dr Dawn Huebner, Something Bad Happened normalizes fear, sadness, and worry about “bad things” while teaching coping skills to help children preserve feelings of safety, optimism, and strength.
“EVERY parent and child can benefit from the compassionate, practical, step-by-step guidance Dawn Huebner offers.”
–Mary Alvord, PhD, psychologist, co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens and Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents
“Huebner simultaneously provides the breath of fresh air and hand around the shoulder we all need to stay grounded when bad things happen.”
–Dr Robyn Silverman, child development specialist, creator of How to Talk to Kids about Anything podcast and book, and the Powerful Words Character System
“At a time when scary stories fill the news, Dr Huebner’s wise and compassionate book is a resource that every parent, teacher, and counselor will want to have on hand.”
–Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, co-author of Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends