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Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren in Aftermath of Tragedy

Explosions At 117th Boston Marathon

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While details are still being learned about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, I wanted to share with you how you can help your grandchildren heal from a tragedy like this.

We want them to be active and healthy throughout their lives, and encourage them to exercise –  perhaps even become a runner – and they might have questions about today’s events.

So, how can we help our kids and grandchildren cope with these traumatic events? How can we help them to continue to feel safe in everyday places, such as school, the mall, movies, the grocery store or even their place of worship?

The most important things are to acknowledge what has happened, listen to their fears, reassure them and do whatever it takes to help them feel safe. Some children won’t be forthright about their fears or discomfort, so observe carefully for any signs of anxiety.

Join the Discussion: Is there a common denominator connecting terrorist acts around the world?

The American Humane Association has these additional great tips:

Find more helpful guidance for helping children cope with tragedy from Save the Children.

Life is tentative so hug the kids in your life today. Tell them you love them. Be with them. And cherish every day with them.

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