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Explaining The Boston Marathon Tragedy To Kids

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After a week of constant coverage surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings and still little answers the tragedy can be hard for some to process.

"It is okay if you are sad about this, if you are scared about this, in reality those feelings are pretty normal," said Psychotherapist, Michelle Aycock.

Michelle Aycock, a licensed Psychotherapist in Savannah, said it's important not to let fear paralyze your life. 

"Understand that these things do happen and we can't avoid these things. We can't lock ourselves in a box to protect ourselves or our loved ones because we are afraid of walking out to the world and what may happen," said Aycock.

Not having an open conversation about what's going on can also be a mistake.

"A lot of parents try to shield their children and then when they get out in the real world they are surprised that these things happen and they develop a lot of anxiety because of it," said Aycock.

Aycock said even though parents might not know all the answers to their children's questions it's healthy to let kids know that bad things do happen.

"These people have problems and not all people are like this, not all people do these things, these people did but that's not how everyone acts or what they all do," said Aycock.

Aycock said it's also important to talk about the acts of compassion that come from a tragedy.

"We want to help because we not only think it could have been us but they are our fellow human beings and so we want to help them because it is sad," said Aycock.

Aycock said some ways to tell if a child is struggling through a tragedy include being irritable, having angry outbursts or isolating themselves. She adds it's important to help them understand what's happening and that it's okay they are feeling that way.

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