Think Telling Your Kid, “Everything is Okay” Protects Them?

Think again.

Imagine you have just gotten off the phone with your mom, who told you that your dad is sick again. You sit down at the dining room table, head in your hands, unable to hold back the tears. Junior walks in and says, “Hey Mama … Are you okay?”

You have two choices: 1.) Perk up as much as you can, wipe your eyes, and say, “I’m…