When we learn about something bad – even when we hear only bits and pieces of it – our brains get busy trying to make sense of what we've heard. Seeing distressing events on the news, or hearing about them later, can feel scary and overwhelming. Talking about what happened, and how we feel about it, is hugely important.
Something Bad Happened guides children aged 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about news of large-scale events, addressing questions such as: "Where did it happen?" "Why did it happen?" And, "Will it happen again?" Feelings like sadness, fear and confusion are normalized, and coping tools provided.
For children and parents to read together, or by a child with a parent nearby, this helpful resource by a child psychologist best-selling author provides comfort, support and action plans for children learning about the big bad things happening in our world.
In the digital age, children are often exposed without filters to tragic and disturbing news. We want our children to understand, stay calm, and be proactive. EVERY parent and child can benefit from the compassionate, practical, step-by-step guidance Dawn Huebner offers on how to make sense of the all-too-often upsetting event.
— Mary Alvord, PhD, Psychologist, Co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens and Resilience Builder Program for children and adolescents.
When we hear of both natural disasters and newsworthy tragedies, it's normal for parents to wonder how to help their kids keep perspective and stay calm. With just the right words and reassuring style, Dawn Huebner simultaneously provides the breath of fresh air and a hand around the shoulder we all need to stay grounded when bad things happen. A must-read for children and parents who are looking for easy-to-follow tools during difficult times.
— Dr. Robyn Silverman, Child Development Specialist, Host of How to Talk to Kids about Anything podcast (& author of the forthcoming book of the same name) & creator of the Powerful Words Character System
Dawn Huebner has a gift for speaking with children about difficult topics. Something Bad Happened is kind, informative, and filled with compelling images that will help children understand and cope with their reactions to upsetting events. 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
Something Bad Happened is an indispensable addition to every child's library, the perfect resource for parents to tackle tricky topics with their kids. In Something Bad Happened, Huebner gives young readers and their parents a gift beyond measure--the assurance that they are safe in a world that can feel scary and senseless.
— Nicole Caccavo Kear, author of The Fix-It Friends series
About the Author:
Dawn Huebner, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. She is the author of the award-winning What To Do When Your Worry Too Much and five other What To Do Guides For Kids. She lives in Exeter, New Hampshire.