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How to talk with your child after a tragedy

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The tragedy in Connecticut left families across the country searching for answers. Experts say it's best to talk with your children about incidents like this right after.

"It's important to bring this up," says Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart. "Sometimes parents think, well if I don't talk about it that maybe it will go away, or they won't be scared. But they are going to hear this information, whether it is on the playground, on Facebook, or looking on the Internet. So it's important that parents start an open dialog."

Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart is an assistant professor at UW-Stevens Point. She specializes in inter-personal relationships. Mikucki-Enyart says how much you should tell your children depends on their age.

"A 5-year-old really might not be able to grasp what it is that even happened. So saying something like a bad man or a bad person went into school, and they hurt some children and teachers. That might be enough."

Mikucki-Enyart says it's important to listen to their concerns and let them guide the conversation. She says parents should also be careful what their children watch on TV.

"A lot of times when children see repeated stories, or repeated footage of an event like this they think it's a new event."

An important conversation aimed to help your family get back to its regular routine.

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