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Tips For Talking To Kids About Emergencies And Scary News

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"Sesame Street: Here for Each Other"  

Since last Friday, parents, teachers and communities everywhere are mourning the loss of lives from a little school in Connecticut.  Grief and broken hearts not just for the families with empty seats at the dinner table now, but also as we personalize the tragedy …"What if it was my child?" or " ... my school?"  Among my own mommy friends, I have heard this time and time again: "Do I say anything or wait for him/her to bring it up?" 


In light of the tragedy in Connecticut, PBS has resources materials to help parents and teachers talk to kids about emergencies and scary news:  

AETN will air a special "Arthur," Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 a.m., which will repeat at 3 p.m. The episode, "April 9th," was created after 9/11 to help kids deal with fear after a scary incident - in this case, a fire at Lakewood Elementary School. Download the companion parent guide "Helping Our Children Feel Safe" from the "Arthur" website. 






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