When your children find out about tragedies such as 9/11, Sandy Hook, and Boston Marathon they’ll likely come to you and ask about it. Don’t scare them. Speak to them about it in ways they could understand. Don’t lie either. Be honest but calm. Don’t be dramatic either. After telling them calmly about what happened tell them that the bad guy went to jail and not everyone died. Leave out information that could scare them such as the number of people that died, or how the incident was started.
By Ellen Meadows