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Talking to Kids About Tragedy

Mommy, I'm Scared! Talking to Kids About Things That Scare Us Too

Danielle Lindner | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

Although we might dread having our child ask us about something horrible, having them feel comfortable and safe enough to ask is actually wonderful. When children come to us with questions, it opens up a dialogue so that we know what's running around in their minds and what we need to help them work through.

How To Talk To Kids About Tragedy (And What Not To Say)

Dr. Phil | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Dr. Phil

Opening up an age-appropriate dialogue with your children about a tragedy can be difficult, but it's necessary in order to help them process, cope and...

How Elmo Taught My Kids About Death

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.31.2016 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I started with a very basic definition of dead: something that's not moving or breathing. Then I explained how some things are never alive and others are alive for a while and then they die. And finally, I used Elmo's World type questions to help him sort out the ideas and the differences.

10 Things Parents Can Do to Help Children With Fears About Ebola

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Parents must monitor all forms of media. It is helpful to watch media with your child, so that you can explain disturbing information.

Optimism: The Silver Lining in a Chaotic World

Christine French Cully | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.

Explaining Tragedy To Our Children

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Sara Esther Crispe

It is never too early, they are never too young, to learn that they can make a difference. They count. They matter. Their actions affect others. And most importantly, that they are a world and they can save a world.

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

Finding a Way Out of the Darkness

Hahrie Han | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Hahrie Han

As a parent, how can I go on after learning that my very best efforts are not enough to protect my children from the worst kind of harm?

Day of Dissonance

Christine Koh | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Christine Koh

There are many challenges that come with parenting, but today I have been most challenged by my overwhelming urge to weep and the need to maintain a sense of calm and stability for Laurel and Violet. It has been a day of dissonance on so many levels.

Six Messages for a Child

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Pam Allyn

As an educator and advocate for children, I get many queries after tragedy, especially about how we can help our children cope with what they have heard and seen. I hope these simple messages help.

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...

Talking With Children About Tragedy -- Again

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The important thing to know is that children take their coping cues from us, the trusted adults in their lives. This isn't to say that we should cover our pain. Not at all. Rather, we need to model healthy coping mechanisms for our children.

Kelly Ripa On Talking To Your Kids About The Newtown Tragedy (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | Home

How should you approach the subject of the the Newtown tragedy with your children? When Kelly Ripa joined me on Mondays With Marlo, she told me that s...

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Newtown School Shooting

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Spend as much time with your children as is possible In the days and weeks ahead. Keep the lines of communication open and be emotionally available to them.

Talking to Our Children About Tragedy: Fostering Safety, Not Fear

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

When talking with our children about tragedy, we can choose to emphasize grief and healing rather than fear and danger. Our purpose is to help our children recover and be resilient, not to be frightened of their lives.

All the News That's Fit -- for My Kids

Erin Mantz | Posted 12.31.2012 | Parents
Erin Mantz

When it comes to tackling many important topics I'm dying to discuss with my sons, now 7 and 11, news stories can get through to them in ways I can't. It brings my urgings to "Be Careful!" to life.

The Aurora Shooting: How To Talk To Kids About What Happened In Colorado

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

How do you explain a senseless massacre in a movie theater to your vulnerable child, whether he or she is 8 or 18?

My Daughter's Teacher Killed Her Children -- What Do I Tell My Kid?

Ron Dicker | Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents
Ron Dicker

My daughter and I are on a collision course with the most brutal kind of truth -- and I better make sure I'm fully there for impact.