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Can Children Go to Jail, and other Big Conversations
February 5, 2021
Conversation is the way we discover how to transform our world, together.
-Margaret Wheatley
The newest Exchange Reflections, "Tackling Hard Questions with Children," explores ways to respond when children ask questions or broach subjects that make us uncomfortable. Because the author of the article that the Reflections is based on addresses some sensitive personal subjects they are not yet ready to discuss openly, a friend, Cassandra Tondreau, submitted the article on their behalf.

This Exchange Reflections raises important questions for early educators to ponder, such as:

 What is our responsibility as adults to be attentive to what children are exposed to; when they are exposed to frightening or upsetting stories, how can we help them process what they’ve heard in developmentally appropriate ways?

 When the children in her care began talking about jail and detention centers, the author made a choice to lean into their questions, despite her discomfort. How can we encourage educators to welcome opportunities to engage with children around complicated conversations?

All of us grapple with the levels of vulnerability we are comfortable experiencing and how to discern which conversations are appropriate to have with children, and which are not. This Exchange Reflections will help groups thoughtfully discuss these important issues.

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Exchange Reflections

Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a Making Commitments idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.

We are offering a “choose your price” option during this challenging time. The regular price of Exchange Reflections (which you can distribute to your staff or students) is $10. For those of you able to pay regular price, thank you. It helps us keep paying our staff. For those of you who need to use the 50% off coupon, we understand. Times are tough right now and some budgets are on the edge. Please do what works in your own circumstances.

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