By Deborah Allen
The bombing that occurred in Boston yesterday may cause strong feelings in all of us: fear, anger, anxiety, and sadness are all likely reactions. Children especially need to know that they can talk about these feelings and that the adults who care for them will provide comfort and keep them safe.
If you are the parent or caregiver some guidelines to follow are:
- Even if your child doesn’t bring up the events in Boston, ask if they’ve heard about what happened and what they are feeling. Given access to media, all but the youngest children are likely to know something about the bombing. Not talking may imply that you are too scared to talk, making what happened seem even more frightening.
- Listen to what your child says about his or her feelings. Watch for signs of feelings they don’t express . Don’t tell them the feelings are wrong. …
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