Dealing with Tragedies in the World

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As a parent, you walk a tightrope when it comes to current events. On one hand, you want your child to become more aware of the world. On the other hand, you want to shield your child from horrific news. You actually can do both by considering these ideas.

Tips for All Parents:

  • Recognize that the event, no matter how far away, is likely affecting you and/or your child in important ways. Take time to acknowledge the sadness, fear, or other emotions that you and your children may be feeling.
  • Take time as a family to remember the victims with a moment of silence or other ritual that fits your family’s beliefs and values. Seek to follow your children’s lead if they wish to express their sadness or condolences to the victims.
  • Find others to support you if the event is particularly difficult for you to process as a parent. Don’t ask your children to be your primary supports.
  • Take time to talk about your love for your children. Make yourself available to talk over and over again if necessary about these tragedies.

Dealing with Tragedies in the World: Tips by Age & Stage

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