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How To Help Children Cope With The Boston Disaster

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - As adults, it's impossible to watch tragedies like Boston and not feel moved, but it can be very difficult children to process "life-and-death" situations and not be afraid.

Children, no matter how young, are aware a tragedy occurred and people were hurt.

"A a parent, you would probably much rather they hear something from you than from a classmate or in the schoolyard," said Sarah Rockstad, program director for Ele's Place.

So the experts at Ele's Place say talk to your children. Ask them to share what they already know, how they feel about it and what else they need to know.

"It's important for adults to remember that children have a lot of thoughts and worries and fears and ideas that they might not talk about if they're not given that opportunity," said Rockstad.

Some guidelines to remember:

  1. Limit exposure to the news and if your kids do see some news, talk about what they saw.
  2.  Remember different children react differently. Those who experienced a loss or a violent loss may have stronger reactions. 
  3. Talk with your kids.

"When we leave children with no one to talk to or no way to get their feelings out, then it's going to be a lot harder for them to find ways to cope with those feelings," said Rockstad.@

 

 

For more information on how to help children cope with a tragedy like this, visit Seen on 6.

 

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