MIDLAND--In light of recent tragic events at the Boston Marathon, Midland behavioral specialist said now is not the time to avoid question from you children, but to direct then on the truth of what's going on.
Dr. Bobby Jain said often, parents will try to avoid talking about situations hoping they will past, but with one of the fatalities from Monday's Boston Marathon attack being an 8-year-old boy the need to address concerns of your children is paramount.
"Instead of brushing them off, it is a good idea to answer their questions as objective as emotionally charged as it is and give the information as a matter of fact way," said Jain.
Jain said, with the constant media coverage avoiding the issue is nearly impossible. And the key to keeping a hold on things like this requires working to shift your child's attention to something more positive.
"Prevent them rather getting exposed over and over again to the same news reels and the same gory pictures that could have a sinister effect."
Ways to do that could include writing letters to the families of the victims, creating a fundraiser for the injured or even creating a school project that everyone would sign to show support and pity for the first responders. He said that would be a great outlet.
He admits that the idea may be easier than actually putting into practice and that while one way of helping one child may not work for the next.
"The younger they are the more difficult they are to handle."
Three factors can determine how a child is affected by the tragedy.
Two: Gender-Jain said girls typically tend to be affected most
Third: Proximity- The closer the child is physically to witnessing tragedy will determine the effects.
He urges that with that in mind, the best thing is that parents keep track of their most important role.