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All parents hope to shield their children from the knowledge that bad things happen in the world for as long as possible. Unfortunately, protecting your children from this knowlege isn't possible forever. Frequently, children learn about violent and tragic events from their friends as well as from television. These tragedies can confuse and frighten children if they don’t think they can discuss them openly. Limiting exposure to the news may be helpful; however, parents can do so much more to help their children feel safe and secure.
What and how much do you say to children? How do you know they want or need to talk? How can you get them to open up to you about their fears? Robert Farra, PhD, recommends that parents:
How do you discuss difficult topics with your children?