Talking to Kids About Tragedy Is Hard: 5 Things Parents Need to Know Now! by Dr. Christina Hibbert

2 years ago
Talking to Kids About Tragedy Is Hard: 5 Things Parents Need to Know Now!

The horrific events of mass shootings are hard enough for parents to comprehend. But 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.

Get more information on healing from trauma, and more on children and grief here!

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Jill Ceder, LMSW, JD
These are great tips! It can be confusing to know what is appropriate to discuss with your kids at different ages.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Wonderful words to inspire and help during extremely difficult times. Thank you, Dr. Christina Hibbert !!

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