Following the Manchester attack on Monday evening (22nd May 2017) it is unsurprising that many of us are feeling emotional, angry and quite lost. No matter how old you are, tragedy will always come as a shock, but it’s important we talk about it.
Waking up to devastating news reports will knock us all – but after the initial shock, many of us will turn to our children. How do you explain this to a young person?
Let them get the information from you
If you’ve woken up to breaking news, take a moment to reassure your child of their safety. If they are old enough to understand what has happened, explain it in a clear way. Make it a comfortable situation, if you’re going to tell them, tell them in a familiar setting where they feel safe. Be sure to answer any questions they have. Listen carefully to their concerns and answer their questions as best you can.
Talking to a younger...