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Friday, April 19, 2013

Parents: For Children Worried by Terrible Events

If you have children who have heard through the school grape vine, from friends, or from the news they hear you listening to or see you watching and have become anxious, let me direct you to the Facebook site of a grand master in dealing with such issues. The site is The Fred Rogers Company and may be found at: The particular page I've provided deals directly with this issue in a short, educational video from the late, great Fred Rogers himself. There is also a full page of wonderful advice on how to help your child deal with crisis. In doing so, you'll find you also help yourself.

I discovered this site while looking to confirm that Fred Rogers' mother really did say what I'd seen posted on Facebook. She did. She was speaking to a young Fred when he was worried about some event in the world. Fred Rogers tells it this way: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."

I hope this helps your child. 

For ways to help children deal with grief, see:

To help deal with your own grief, please see:

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