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Interview: Talking with your kids about tragedy

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When children experience a traumatic event, experts say it's important for parents to show support.

Dan Nelson, M.D. is a pyschiatrist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

He says if parents avoid talking to their kids about tough situations, that leaves the conversation to happen solely between their peers.

It's better to listen to their stories and how they feel about an event.

Nelson suggests providing loving reassurance, and parents should tell kids they are doing everything they can to protect them.

He also says if children haven't heard about the Elementary shooting in Connecticut, tell them what you have heard with a brief description and share your feelings about it.

Nelson advices devoting quality time with kids, and do things they enjoy.

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