Talking to Kids About Tragedy Is Hard: Here Are 5 Things Parents Need to Know by Dr. Christina Hibbert
Tragic events such as the coronavirus pandemic and mass shootings are hard enough for parents to comprehend. So how do we talk with our children about them and allay their fears and anxieties? We do live in an unstable world, but there are things we can do to reduce the fear and worry. Helping my own and other children through traumatic events, I've learned these things:
- Talk with children honestly about the event using age-appropriate language.
- Allow their feelings. Be there for them; show them it's OK to feel.
- Teach kids how to grieve. Show your child we all grieve when tragedy occurs, and grief is essential to healing.
- Reassure them it's OK. If you're OK, they'll be OK, so seek help if you need it.
- Love them. Truly, love heals all wounds.
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