Talking to Kids About Tragedy

th-1What happened last night in Las Vegas is such a horrific event. So difficult for us to comprehend as adults how such things can happen. Not to mention contemplating the lasting repercussions on the lives of so many from just a few minutes of heinous behavior. If we struggle to understand such atrocities… imagine what it must be like for our children and adolescents. Let’s do the best we can to inform and dialogue with the children in our midst in the best ways possible.

I offer the following sound directions from the Mayo Clinic:

Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking about Tragedy

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, writes a regular column for Sunstone Magazine and is the current president of the Mormon Mental Health Association. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.

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