Tips for talking to kids about Boston
Number three: children need reassurances that they will be okay and for that to happen, they need to know that their grown ups are okay.
Fred Rogers (from the famed PBS series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”) said when discussing tragic world news with your child it’s important to first ask what they know about it. Their fantasies are often very different than the actual events.
“What children probably need to hear most from us adults is that they can talk with us about anything and that we will do all we can to keep them safe in any scary time,” Mister Rogers said.
Mister Rogers also said he was told by his mother that when observing a tragedy, one should look for the helpers.There are always helpers.