Dealing with disaster: Helping kids cope

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A school is supposed to be a safe place, and the images of schools ripped apart and children injured in Oklahoma may be disturbing to kids. So how do you talk to your kids about what’s going on? How much should you tell them?

Parents might feel like they should shelter their kids from bad news, but the experts say kids are going to find out about it one way or the other. So it’s important for you as their parent to help kids process what’s going on and maybe even help them take action to help others.

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Moore, Okla., tornado 

Debbie Karlstrand is an early childhood specialist with the family conservancy — she says parents should sit down with kids to answer their questions — and ask them open ended questions about how they’re doing.

“What have you heard? Or…

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