Talk to your kids about tragedy

Talk to your kids about tragedy

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) -   You see the disturbing images of the Boston marathon attack everywhere.

   "I just kind of sat there and stared at a wall, it's really a lot to take in."
    Austin Dickson is a Longview High School student, he says Monday he went home to ask his parents if they've heard about what happened.
     "Because as a student I'm always surrounded by social media so I know first whereas my mom or my dad might not know."
    Kent Cochrin is a licensed professional counselor, he says these days that's usually how it happens.
       "Students where the ones that told me about the bombings yesterday, way before I could go home and watch it on TV."
      Saying it's critical for parents to know what's going on in the world and not fully rely on schools to educate their children Or deal with something so disturbing.
      "As much that has gone on in the world in the past 10 years, they have feelings about it."
    Feelings Dr. Cochrin says need to  be addressed at home..
      "Things like this really cause a lot of young people to go into fear."
    But Cochrin suggests parents  start conversations with their children to make sure they feel safe and understand it's very unlikely something so tragic would happen to them.
  1. Have the discussion while the event is current
  2. be honest and open minded
  3. ask him/her what they already know about the event
  4. Look up details and information online together
  "Dinner table is perfect, or at family time or Sundays during family time or whatever time parents get together." 
  "Children are the future they are an investment, and like any investment you've got to manage it, look at it, care about it and you've got to put time into it."
Dr. Cochrin also suggests that parents find various opportunities to talk to their children at home on different topics, so when important topic do arise its not unusual or uncomfortable for parents or children.

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