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Talking Kids Through Tragedies

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Tragic stories like Wednesday's school stabbing rampage in Pennsylvania can bring graphic images and horrific details of violence into your home. Tragic stories like Wednesday's school stabbing rampage in Pennsylvania can bring graphic images and horrific details of violence into your home.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Tragic stories like Wednesday's school stabbing rampage in Pennsylvania can bring graphic images and horrific details of violence into your home. Experts say, it can be especially hard on your kids who may have many questions you might find tough to answer.

"When you hear something like that, chills go down your spine," said Mark Orduna.

The father of three kids a little tighter, Wednesday, with news of the stabbing that injured 20 still fresh on his mind. The Greenville County Corrections worker said he's seen a lot. He makes it a point to talk to his children about these traumatic events.

"You've got to go one on one with your kids. You got to sit them down and tell them things in life happen.Why they happen, we don't know," said Orduna.

The why can be the hardest part; trying to making sense of the senseless. Clinical social worker, Barry Keith, said it's best not to try to do this when talking to your kids.

"You have to be honest and, also, don't make any promises you can't keep," said Keith

Instead, he said, make sure children know the importance of paying attention to their surroundings.

"So, you can talk about how the school, the movie theater, the mall...they are all as safe as possible, but I think any kid has to be aware of the environment," he said.

Keith said be open and don't minimize concerns. Most importantly, don't force the issue if they don't want to talk about it. Let them come to you.

"Sometimes parents just need to listen," he explained.

Together, he said, you can work through tough situations at your child's own pace, giving them a comfortable place to come when the outside world gets scary.


Addie Hampton
Addie is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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