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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.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.