How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings

How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings
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Two deadly shootings over the weekend have some parents wondering how to explain this violence to their children.

Patrick Leong is a family therapist at MultiCare Rockwood Behavioral Health, in Spokane. He shared this advice.

Initiate the conversation: Ask your children if they know anything about what happened over the weekend. If they have, ask them how they’re feeling.

How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings

Share your feelings: Leong said it’s good to share your feelings with your family, in a healthy way.

How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings

Find coping mechanisms: Children will need different ways to cope with trauma and tragedy. Leong said some kids may want to write letters to the victim’s families. That is a way they can feel like they’re helping. Prayer may be another good way to cope, if your family is religious. Leong said getting active or staying inside and just spending time together are other options to help.

How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings

Be there: Leong said the most important thing parents can do is be there for their kids.

How to talk to your kids about the recent mass shootings