How to talk with your children about Boston Marathon bombings

Parents are grappling with their own emotions after seeing the carnage of the Boston bombings, and they must deal with the challenge of how to explain what happened to their children.

David Finn, CEO of the Children's Learning Center at Samford University, says it's important to make these conversations age-appropriate. But it is also important to help older children find a way to get involved to empower them.

Finn says participating in fundraisers and blood drives can help older children turn their emotions into something positive. He also encourages parents to never avoid a conversation about the Boston Marathon bombings if a child, at any age, asks about them.

He says parents should keep their responses short: "something happened in Boston." But he says they should also emphasize the good actions by response teams to the tragedy. Furthermore, Finn says it's normal for a child to exhibit sadness and withdrawal but if those signs last more than two weeks then parents should seek professional help.

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