How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump

How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump

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How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump by Ava Siegler

The day after the 2016 presidential election, filmmaker Carlos Sandoval found Ku Klux Klan fliers on the seats of the Long Island Railroad and recounts how his Cuban American niece Lexi’s world was “shattered” by the election—she is one of thousands of children wondering if they will be deported or denied benefits under the Trump administration. Other children are taunted on the playground, have their head scarves ripped off, or are left to wonder, “Does Donald Trump not like brown boys like me?” And girls everywhere are devastated that a crass and bigoted bully was elected over the woman poised to become America’s first female president.

In the wake of the election, even the most thoughtful and progressive parents across the country found themselves at a loss for words. Borrowing its title from the memorable election night question posed by Van Jones, How Do I Explain This to My Kids? brings together moving first-person accounts by parents including novelist Mira Jacob, Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, New York Times blogger Nicole Chung, and others, who recount their best efforts to parent effectively in the current climate. The second half of the book features advice from leading child psychologist Ava Siegler, whose bestselling book What Should I Tell the Kids? established her as an authority on talking to children about difficult topics. From racism and homophobia to anti-Semitism, lying, sexism, and bullying, Dr. Siegler provides concrete advice for parents of kids of all ages—grade schoolers, preteens, adolescents, and young adults—for helping their children navigate a complicated, difficult time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620973561
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Edition description: Trade Paper Original
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,234,452
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A practicing child psychologist, Ava Siegler, PhD, is former director of the Institute for Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies in New York City, where she lives. She has written a monthly column on parenting for Child magazine, and is the author of What Should I Tell the Kids? and The Essential Guide to the New Adolescence .

Diane Wachtell is the executive director of The New Press.

Sarah Swong is a writer and editor based in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction Dr. Ava Siegler ix

Part 1 How Do I Explain This to My Kids? 1

Here's What I'm Telling My Brown Son About Trump's America Mira Jacob 3

How Do I Explain to My Daughters What Happened in This Election? Dan Kois 13

As a Muslim, How Do I Tell My Child the New President Doesn't Like Us? Mehdi Hasan 17

Parenting in the Shadow of Trump John Culhane 21

"Only White People," Said the Little Girl Topher Sanders 29

How Kids Talk About Donald Trump Molly Knefel 35

Can the Muslim American Family Survive Trump? Huda Al-Marashi 41

Arm Them with Facts: Raising My Girls in Gainesville, Florida Darlena Cunha 45

Making Kids Feel Safe in a Trump World Isn't Easy Kera Bolonik 49

"I Love You, But …": What Your Trump Vote Tells My Family David Valdes Greenwood 55

The Day After the Election, I Told My Daughter the Truth Nicole Chung 61

Fliers on the Train Carlos Sandoval 67

In a Time of Trump, Millennial Jews Awaken to Anti-Semitism Benjamin Wofford 73

"I Had a Scary Dream About Donald Trump": Muslim Parents Face a Tense Election Samantha Schmidt 83

Should I Teach My Kids to Value Truth in the Era of Trump? John Ziegler 91

Is Donald Trump Dangerous for Children? Robin D.G. Kelley 95

Trump Is a Great Storyteller. We Need to Be Better Viet Thanh Nguyen 105

Talking to Kids About Trump's Victory Adam Gopnik 109

Part 2 How You Explain This to Your Kids: Dr. Ava Siegler Offers Her Best Advice 111

Raising Civilized Children in an Uncivilized World 115

Protecting Your Children in the Trump Era 133

Explaining Trump to Your Kids 153

The Call to Action: Facing the Future 163

Acknowledgments 167

Permissions 169

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book through my library, and loved it so much that I decided to buy it for reference. The essays are very interesting, with less than a handful that didn’t really speak to me; most were thoughtful and some challenged me so viscerally like Robin D.G. Kelley’s and Mira Jacob’s essays that they burrowed in my soul. The book splits a second part with psychology points of reference and tips on raising good people and citizens of the world, which I’m finding very useful and hope to apply.