Advice for Talking With Your Kids About the Boston Marathon Attack

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Some helpful tips from


  • Turn off the TV and keep newspapers from younger children.
  • Remind them that they’re safe and that you and other adults are taking care that they stay that way.
  • Give kids something positive to do. It could be writing notes or raising money for a children’s charity or the Red Cross. Often the victims of an event are overwhelmed with gifts, so finding a national or regional group that can spread the aid is helpful.
  • Talk about the overwhelmingly positive response of the people near the bombing — regular people who ripped up their own clothes to make bandages and took stranded runners into their homes so they could make phone calls. Discuss what you as a family would do in a situation like that and how you would help.

Click on the link to read A Teacher’s Guide to Talking to Students About the Newtown School Shooting

Click on the link to read Explaining the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting to Children

Click on the link to read Helping Kids Cope in the Aftermath of Sandy

Click here to read ‘Helping Our Children Make Sense of Natural Disasters’.


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