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How to Answer Your Child's Questions on the Boston Bombings

Published On: Apr 16 2013 06:55:07 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The Boston marathon tragedy has many asking questions, including children.

Events like that may be hard to confront but according to Redding therapist Lisa Jellison, those questions need to be addressed.

Jellison said that it is important to remember that children look up to their parents and will deal with things just like they do.

She said parents need to be honest and prepared to give age-appropriate answers. She also cautioned that being evasive or trying to pretend the situation never happened could do more harm than good.

"Let kids express their feelings let them talk about it, you’re the ones that are modeling for your kids," Jellison said.

Jellison says its also important to have a safety plan and talk to your kids about what they would do in emergency situations.