Need help explaining the Boston explosions to your kids?

Posted April 16th, 2013

Parent Action for Healthy Kids is mourning the loss of those who were tragically killed during the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those affected by this senseless tragedy.

Here are five simple things that parents everywhere can do to help their children to be in a more peaceful place.   1. Change your thoughts.  Put the focus on all the people there that day who were good, kind and helpful rather than focusing on the perpetrator.  Remind our children that the number of good and kind people in the world far outweigh the number of troubled people.

2. Step back and let the authorities do their job. Do not jump to conclusions or create stories about the situation, or the victims.

3. Shut off the TV and radio as it serves no purpose to re-injure ourselves and our children over and over again with the details of the tragedy.

4. Explain to our children that our thoughts are powerful and the best thing we can do is breath in the suffering of all of those involved and then breath out our love and support.

5. Be happy and grateful for loved ones. This tragedy reminds us that the things we worry about pale in comparison to a tragedy of this magnitude.