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Moms Talk Q&A: Explaining the Unexplainable

Sound-off with our Moms Council about this week's hot topic: how do you talk to your child about tragedies like the tsunami?

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How do you talk to your child about tragedies like the or locally like the at the Bethesda Lululemon? How do you explain the unexplainable?

Judith Bunnell March 16, 2011 at 01:49 PM
"gerogetownmoms.com" just posted a good article about talking to your children of different ages about tragedies.
Guiomar Barbi Ochoa March 16, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Although my daughter is too young to understand all this devastation, it is hard to deal with even as an adult. She senses how upset I am and it upsets her. What do parents say to the pre-school aged child? I can't imagine explaining all this.
Judith Bunnell March 16, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Kids are amazing.....They sense everything you feel. I remember my daughter was starting first grade when Sept 11th happened....I had to watch tv ONLY when she was not around...and then try to keep up routine and a sense of stability.
Jennifer Perry March 16, 2011 at 04:22 PM
We try and take the let the child lead approach when talking about disasters like this - as in let them ask the questions and not go in more detail than they are looking for. Then we answer the questions in as much of a factual way as possible, without using superlatives, never saying something like that would never happen here, etc. I think its also important to focus on the good stories that come out of a disaster like this. For example, look at how the neighbors are helping each other, or here is something we can do to help. It shows them that we as a human race are incredibly resilient despite the horrible things that can happen.
Judith Bunnell March 16, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I like those ideas. Being honest but upbeat is good and limit the tv or media images...they are a lot to handle at any age

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