As a parent, it feels like there are so many things we want to protect our children from. It could be worrying about them not hurting themselves on the playground, talking to strangers, walking to and from school or online conversations with others.
By having open communication about these tough topics, your child learns that they can always talk to you and that you’ll be there to listen if something is worrying them. This sets up a great foundation for communication in the teenage years.
You may have noticed new behaviour they are exhibiting, or you may feel uncomfortable to ask about something you're worried about, like sex or drugs or abuse. However, these protective conversations are important.