In these difficult times, children are often confronted with images and concepts which are difficult for them to comprehend. As a parent, it’s important you guide them through what can be a confronting time.
To help you talk to them about the Australian Cricket Team’s current crisis, here’s a helpful example conversation.
Parent: I wanted to talk to you about the Australian Cricket team, you may have heard about it from your friends.
Child: Oh yeah, didn’t one of them rub a tiny piece of yellow paper against the side of a cricket ball?
Parent: Not exactly, what they did is destroy the soul of Australian Cricket.
Child: It must have been an amazing piece of paper.
Parent: What they did is conspire to cheat. Their actions betrayed everything Australia stands for. It was an organised assault on our values.
Child: I think using the word ‘organised’ in connection to what these guys did would be flattering them.
Parent: I just can’t believe they did this.
Child: Haven’t members of the Australian Cricket team always behaved like spoilt brats with a win at all costs attitude? Often nurtured in a culture that forgives their worst excesses and even enables it?
Parent: You’re obviously too young to understand.
Child: Are you OK? Why are you crying?
Parent: I haven’t been sleeping.
Child: Look, I get this isn’t ideal, but we’ve currently got people in horrible offshore detention camps, the environment is stuffed, there’s a Royal Commission into the banks, no multinational pays tax so the burden all unfairly falls on the working class and small business, the most powerful nation on Earth is governed by a madman and there’s a vacuum of leadership in this country so big it could suck all of us into space.
Parent: Go to your room.
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