How To Talk To Your Kids About Sandy Hook, Shootings And Safety In Schools

This is something that’s difficult for parents. Great advice.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For most Americans, the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has been quite emotional and difficult to take in.

Even harder is explaining such a sensitive topic to your children.

The Couch turned to psychologist Susan Bartell for advice on just how to talk to your kids about what happened, and what to say to make them feel safe.

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“Parents have to remember that their kids are fragile, and they’re going to absorb everything that you say to them,” Dr. Bartell said. “Your main goal…is to make kids feel safe.”

While adults know this is not something we can guarantee, it is important that your children go through life with this sense of security.

“When they say ‘I don’t want to go to school,” you can’t say ‘well, maybe I’ll keep you home,'” Dr. Bartell said…

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