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Helping Children Cope with Frightening News


How can parents help children cope with scary events? This article by the Child Mind Institute describes the best way to talk to children about frightening news. 

When tragedy strikes, it can be hard to deal with your own grief and distress while helping your children do the same. But there are things you can do to help kids handle scary news. Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. This article, written by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz describes the strategies adults can use when discussing tragedies or frightening events with children and includes several resources that can be downloaded. This article is available in English and Spanish. 

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