Talking to Kids About the Boston Marathon Bombing

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Parent Blog

From The Today Show

The Boston Marathon bombing will represent a tragic and terrifying childhood milestone for a generation of kids born after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, or too young to remember them. How can parents help kids cope — even as we’re struggling with our own fears? Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz, as well as child psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, offered these tips on TODAY:

  • First, tell your children what happened. Even if they’ve heard the news or seen video — and in this day and age they probably have seen it all on someone’s iPhone by now — they still need to hear it from you. “They are not necessarily getting the correct facts,” Saltz said. “Kids tend to be kind of hysterical and dramatic about things and that leaves your kid afraid. Give them the basics in a calm and reassuring manner. They’re going to take their…

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