The Big Idea: Explaining incarceration in honest, kid-friendly ways helps children understand and cope.
- Together, watch the video of Alex, Abby, and Rosita talking about incarceration.
- Ask, “Why do you think Alex didn’t want to talk about where his dad is?” and “Have you ever felt this way?” Talk together about what it meant that Alex’s dad was incarcerated. (Depending on children’s age, you might write the word “incarcerated” down and help kids say it out loud.)
- Encourage kids to explain incarceration to a favorite stuffed animal. To extend the conversation, ask, “Does your animal have any questions?”