How to Talk to Your Kids During a Tragedy


Doctor Glenn Saxe, chairman of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU, says the most important thing parents can do after something bad happens is provide reassurance.

-It's also important to tell them they're going to be okay, as well as the people who are close to them.

-Tell them that you are doing everything you can to keep them safe, but Saxe says don't give false assurances. Be real and truthful.

-He also suggests to wait until they are older if you can. Around 7 years old and up is an appropriate age.

-Only get into the "tough topics" if they bring it up first.


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