Talking to children about disasters

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366152426&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4019959&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366152426 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Tragedies like what happened at the Boston Marathon are difficult for all of us to understand, and it can be even more difficult for children.

So how do you explain why things like that happen when it’s hard for us to understand ourselves? Well, we ran that by Dr. Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist and father.

“What you need to remind yourself and your children is that number one, it was a terrible tragedy. Number two: that you as a parent will do everything you can to keep your children safe,” Klapow says, “and number three that it’s ok for your children to feel nervous and anxious.”

As a parent, you may not want your children to feel that way, but Klapow says it’s more important to give your children the opportunity to talk about their sad feelings and to let them know that those feelings will go away.

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