How to talk with children about the tragedy in Boston
In the wake of the terror in Boston - with all the graphic images on TV and the internet - your kids may be asking your some pretty tough questions.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- In the wake of the terror in Boston -- with all the graphic images on TV and the Internet -- your kids may be asking your some pretty tough questions.
From coast to coast, parents are trying to figure out the best approach to help their children make sense of the senseless act of violence.
"It's the worst thing in the world to tell your six-year-old daughter that somebody killed somebody else, for no apparent reason," says Maud Sachs. "You don't want to scare them, but you do want them to be aware of what's going on in the world. I don't want her to hear it from someone else."
Despite the difficult subject matter, child psychologists say the Boston bombings are something that parents should be talking about with their children.
Dr. Jaime Howard offers these tips for parents:
1. Try to be calm, honest and direct, even if you feel a little bit scared yourself.
2. Sadness, anxiety, and even nightmares are all normal reactions in children after a national tragedy like this.
"Kids are getting info really quickly these days, so your child might get information from other kids at school," says Dr. Howard. "It's best to have the conversation with your child sooner rather than later."
When it comes to talking with teenagers, the same suggestions apply. Dr. Howard says with teens, it's also important to try and correct any misinformation that's circulating.