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Tips for parents to talk to kids about Boston Marathon bombing

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Lone Tree is a long way from Boston, but 8-year-old Jackson Bailey and his little brother Max are feeling the impact of the Boston Marathon explosions just the same.

“I was actually pretty sad, and pretty scared,” Jackson said. His mom, Hannah Bailey, was in Boston and had just finished the race when the blasts happened. Her parents are taking care of the kids and say Jackson has asked a lot of questions.

Child psychologist, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, says when talking to your kids about the tragedy, it’s important to reassure them they are safe and this is a rare occurrence.

“We feel better when we know action is being taken, so let them know as a parent this is what I’m doing to keep you safe. As a police officer, this is what they are doing to keep every one of us safe,” Dr. Ziegler said.

Tell your child their feelings are normal, she says, ask them what they know about the tragedy and what is scary to them, then circle back the next day to follow-up. Dr. Ziegler also thinks it’s important to limit your child’s exposure to the TV, phone and online stories about the tragedy.