‘I’d hoped not to – but here’s how I explained the abortion referendum posters to my children’

'I'd hoped not to - but here's how I explained the abortion referendum posters to my children'
Referendum Insight: The impending referendum brings with it posters and campaigners and questions - here's how Fiona Ness explained the situation to her seven-year-old and nine-year-old

Fiona Ness
April 17 2018

How will you explain the abortion referendum to your children? The short answer is, I’d hoped not to. As with the other big ticket news items, I had expected the savage servility of the world to slide on by. Naivety, it seems, is not the sole preserve of the young.

An impending Referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment of the Constitution brings with it posters and campaigners and questions, so many questions. For us, it begins when the nine-year-old’s friend attends a march in town. The concept of “Pro-choice” has come to Fourth Class. Not a moment too soon, some might say; our girls must be ‘woke’ on abortion while their Christmas presents still come from Santa.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/id-hoped-not-to-but-heres-how-i-explained-the-abortion-referendum-posters-to-my-children-36814769.html

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The best way to talk to young children about the abortion referendum, according to an Irish psychotherapist

The best way to talk to young children about the abortion referendum, according to an Irish psychotherapist
Stella O'Malley
April 13 2018

Psychotherapist Stella O’Malley feels that Irish parents of children under-12 should feel comfortable to discuss the abortion referendum with their children on some level.

Ms O’Malley, author “Cotton Wool Kids”, says most of all, the time leading up to the abortion referendum on May 25, is an opportunity for Irish parents to help their children foster their critical thinking.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/life/family/the-best-way-to-talk-to-young-children-about-the-abortion-referendum-according-to-an-irish-psychotherapist-36803071.html

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