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Surprised by how your child reacted to a tragic event?

If you’re unsettled or surprised by how your child reacted to a tragic event or crisis situation, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t assume your child is emotionally or mentally messed up.
  • Some events or situations may not faze your child, especially if he or she wasn’t directly involved or close to those who were.
  • Your child may not have had time to fully process what happened.
  • Don’t force a conversation your child isn’t ready to have about his or her feelings.
  • If your child doesn’t want to talk, that’s okay. Be available and ask again later, after your child has had time to process his or her thoughts and feelings.