In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, we asked Debbie Wood, our Good Parent blogger and child development specialist in Annapolis, for tips on how to talk with your children about such tragedies. Here is what she had to say:
Number one message: the news is not for children.
Number two: children are ego-centric (even teens). They are concerned about how a tragedy affects them directly. You may need to explain why you are crying, glued to CNN, or calling friends or relatives that were at the race.