Our 10yr old was upset listening to the news this evening about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction. She has been a big fan for ages, since they were only started really and she was sad about it.
I think the fact it was not Niall was the only thing that stopped her from crying!
I am sure there are lots of young girls, teens and tweens and even some boys, who are feeling devastated by this news and I was wondering is there any advice on how to deal with this kind of situation?
These youngsters will be getting very upset and its a strange situation for parents to deal with because their child doesn’t actually know the boys in the band but they behave like they do
Just wondering, how should parents deal with this?
Adults and children invest a lot of emotion in music and popular acts and when splits happen, it can seem like they are losing a member of the family!
The first thing I would say is that it is important for you to let your child know that its okay to be upset about this. Some people might turn around and say to a child that there is nothing to be upset about and that they didn’t even know the person but your child needs to know that their feelings are important. This can have a significant impact as they get older.
You could even ask your child if they would like to make a scrapbook about Zayn with photos and funny stories about him and you can use this as an opportunity to talk to them about why he may have felt the need to leave, as they are going to hear lots of different stories about this.
It will pass but let them "grieve" and just be there for them!