Moms Talk: Talking with Your Children about Natural Disasters
This weekly column focuses on discussion. We'll have one topic or question, and we'll talk.
Japan was hit with a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami earlier this week, washing away cities, killing thousands and thousands of people. The images are devastating. The rubble, the destruction. A child most likely has parents who have been watching the news, talking about; maybe they are talking about it in the classroom. Our question this week is another one that is determined by age and maturity level, but how do you talk to your children about natural disasters of this magnitude? How do you explain the images? What are the words you use? How do you get them to understand or cope with an event like what happened in Japan?
How do you talk to your kids about natural disasters? How do you help them cope with the disturbing images?
Chime in on this question in the comments section. Have another question? E-mail it to Ferndale Patch Editor Terry.Parris@patch.com.
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