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Parents Boston Marathon

How to Tell a Story That Needs to Be Told

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Steph Thompson

As a parent, I trickle out news to my kids in dribs and drabs, trying to include context and explanation and humanity. These are what a story needs if it is going to be told.

How Does One Kid Become a Terrorist and Another Work for Greenpeace?

Miriam Novogrodsky | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Miriam Novogrodsky

I mute the television and look at my children. I beam. They are safe, for the day. They are both capable of making good choices for themselves and the earth. They are smart, questioning, skeptical and critical, true to their developmental task.

What It Was Like To Wake Up In Cambridge Today

Lindsey Mead | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I sat with them and helped make a Pottermore account, feeling my phone buzzing in the pocket of my jeans as I did so. The temptation to check it was overwhelming. No. Set them up at Hogwarts. This is the perfect place to spend today.

Marathon Bombings Show Randomness of Life, Death

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

I heard the news about the bombings as I drove home from Crane's beach with my son asleep in his booster seat behind me.

How I Told My Preschooler What Happened Here In Boston

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

As parents, we never want to have to have these kinds of conversations with our kids. The world really shouldn't be like this. Our home shouldn't be like this. But it is. And it's our job to carefully give them a frame of reference to connect what they may hear outside the home with what they've heard from us.

Connecting Disconnected Teenagers: Helping Kids Feel the World

Mara Shapiro | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

I'm starting to feel like these kids are immune or maybe even hardened to what seems to be evolving into a horrible, cold, cruel world. Do they not care? Or are they simply blasé, as one of my best friends describes her children?

Our Default Setting: How Getting Egged Helped Me After the Boston Attack

Carissa K | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

We had been egged! Not full fledge egged... just one egg likely tossed by a neighborhood teenager on a night of mischief. A weight started to fall all around me. Great. Not this week! How will I explain this one to the kids?

How to Help Children Cope With Tragedy

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

If our children don't view coverage of tragic events on television, they may hear about them from classmates or teachers. How can parents cope with their own anxieties while reassuring their children that they are safe?

How Parents Are Talking About The Boston Marathon Explosions With Kids

Posted 04.18.2013 | Parents

Parents in Boston and across the globe are struggling to talk to their children about the bombs that exploded on Monday. What is safe to tell them? Wh...

Marathoner's Daughter: 'Are We at War, Mommy?'

Kerry Patton | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Kerry Patton

The recent bombings in Boston should serve as a reminder that the United States is in fact fighting a war. It should also serve as a reminder that the war is not just one being fought abroad, but also here inside the United States.

Boston Marathon Bombings: It's Different This Time

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

The bombings caused a whole host of memories to come flooding back and I found myself reliving the confusion, the concern, the sadness, and of course, the fear, all over again. Yet, this time they took on a whole new level of meaning and significance: I'm 37 weeks pregnant.

In Boston, Look for the Helpers

Sarah Chang | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Sarah Chang

The streets on the news are familiar. I spent hours walking them with my infant daughter, trying to encourage a nap. We ate at the restaurants, attended Red Sox games and made friends.We watched the marathon from the finish line.

Lisa Belkin

Grieving For Boston: We Can't Do This Again | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents

We can’t do this again. That was, selfishly, overwhelmingly, my first thought when I heard the news from Boston yesterday. Another fiery day. An...

The Boston Marathon Tragedy: One Mom's Chain of Events

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

My 12-year-old son was the first to inform me of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. He received an auto-update from SportsCenter.

After the Boston Marathon, We Wonder: Is the World Safe For Our Kids?

Megan Cottrell | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Megan Cottrell

The world being safe for you is one thing. For your tiny, vulnerable little person -- the person who you would do anything to protect -- is the world safe for them? What kind of world will they grow up in? we ask.