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7 Tips For Talking to Your Kids About Tragedy

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragedy

When the Newtown school shootings occurred, my daughter was only 3 years old. She wasn't yet in preschool and we have no television at home, so my husband and I thought shielding her from the news about the murder of innocent young children would be easy. We were wrong.

Since then, we've had to speak with her about many incidents of human cruelty. No matter how much you limit your children's exposure to violence, it's likely they're picking up information about these tragedies and trying to integrate that into their worldview.

As parents, it can be tough to figure out how to help our kids with this, especially when such incidents make little or no sense to us, too. Experts point out, however, that children need to know they are safe, and if they are asking questions, the best person to respond is you. So when the next time a tragedy occurs, here are some tips for talking to your kids.

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