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Talking to Children About Tragedy

Society & Culture  (tags: children, tragedy, parents, protection, talking, kids )

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So what should parents say to their children if they have witnessed such a traumatic event?

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Fiona Ogilvie (1016)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 1:23 pm
Parents should seek professional help in such a situation.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 9:17 pm
I agree with Bee Hive Lady.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 10:07 pm
Oh, how horrible. I don't really like the idea of captive mammals to begin with.

Arild Warud (173)
Friday February 26, 2010, 1:46 am
All children are different, so there is no way to give an universal answer,we must try our way through the maze. TY for this post Cher.

Mike Feenaughty (267)
Friday February 26, 2010, 5:23 am

Tammy Smith (74)
Friday February 26, 2010, 9:07 am

Linda J. (0)
Friday February 26, 2010, 9:26 am
thanks for article

Past Member (0)
Friday February 26, 2010, 9:43 am
The best way for me was to answer all questions with reverence but always with the truth, not baby talk...

. (0)
Friday February 26, 2010, 12:31 pm
Bee Hive Lady is absolutely right. Therapists go to grad school to learn how to address children's reactions to an incident like this and parents cannot assume that reading a few paragraphs on the subject will prepare them to handle what may come up.

Angel Jones (1)
Friday February 26, 2010, 12:39 pm
quite honestly with children i have found being open and honest is the best policy tell them half truths or lies n later on they get the turth it hurts them more

Donna B. (2)
Friday February 26, 2010, 2:02 pm
I think the main thing is that the child feel safe and loved and questions are answered (to the best of ability). Sometimes adults will actually get irritated if a child asks questions.

. (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:36 am
Interesting article!!! I noted it!!!
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