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(NECN) – Dr. Jami Furr, child psychologist, joins NECN with ways to talk to your child about the Boston Marathon bombings.
She says with kids who witnessed the event – keep communication door open – allow them to talk, look for warning signs of trouble processing the event (increased nightmares, clingy behavior and separation anxiety)
For kids who didn’t witness it, parents should answer questions as honestly as possible, but tailor message to age of the child – stress these things don’t happen often and parents do their best to keep kids safe
She says kids should understand whatever they are feeling is appropriate; know who they can talk to for comfort.
For the full interview, watch the attached video.