Free session helps parents teach kids about tragedy

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - In light of Friday's tragedy in Connecticut, Beech Acres Parenting Center offered a free Parent Support Q&A Session to help parents talk to their kids about the tragic events that have transpired.

The event was held on Monday evening at the center on Beechmont Avenue.

Parents received tips for what to say, what not to say and how to make their kids feel more secure.

"The bottom line is, we want parents to answer the questions kids ask," Jill Huynh, program director of Parent Education Center. "Honesty is very important. If you don't know its important to let them know something's you can't answer, but that you're there for them."

There was an open Q&A session so parents could address specific issues that have come up in their households.

"We told (our young daughters) about it as soon as they got home from school because we didn't want them to hear about it from their peers," said mother of 11 and 8 year old girls, Kelley Earls. "They said why and I explained that there are people who, from substance abuse, drugs or alcohol or mental illness that cannot help what they do."

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the session was for adults only.

For more information, call the center at (513) 231-6630.

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