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Tips on talking about tragedies with children


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It's been a rough week in America. Bombings in Boston...ricin attacks in the mail...and a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. So, how do you talk to your kids about all of these things without making them afraid of their environment?

Psychologist Marnie Thomas, with Kalamazoo psychology, says you should first try to gauge how upset they are based off their behavior. If the child isn't talking about an incident, or asking questions, there's no need to bring it up. However, if he or she is asking questions, base your answers on their age. A six year old may not even understand a bombing like a ten year old would. Thomas says the important thing is to try to ease the child's fears.

She also says that it's important for adults who are feeling traumatized to talk to someone, whether it be friends and family, or even a professional.