How to communicate with teens about tough issues

Learn the best ways to help grandkids in their tweens and teens who are anxious about school shootings, terrorism, sexual violence, and bullying.

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Sixty-five-year-old grandmother Marcy Sanders noticed her 13-year-old grandson Jonah’s heightened anxiety shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015. “We were at a Broncos game at Sports Authority Field, in Denver, an activity we love doing together,” she says.

When she mentioned going to get hotdogs (another “must-do” at games), Jonah insisted on going to the concession stand with her instead of watching the game. ”He did not want to be left alone in our seats,” she says, “but I didn’t know why.”

Later, heading home, she asked if something were bothering him. “He said he was scared something bad would happen like it did at the Paris soccer field,” she recalls. “I didn’t know what to say.”





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