Helping Kids Through a National Crisis

A pastoral psychotherapist advises parents on how to deal with their child's immediate fears.

Beliefnet columnist Jean G. Fitzpatrick is a pastoral psychotherapist and the author of 'Small Wonder: How to Answer Your Child's Impossible Questions About Life.' We spoke with her today about how to deal with children's fears and questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

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In times of national crisis, many of us "keep vigil" in front of the television. News shows often repeat the same scenes, such as the one with the second plane flying into the south tower of the World Trade Center and the subsequent explosion. As adults we may watch scenes like this repeatedly, almost to help the reality sink in. But if you have a child in the room, this can be overwhelming. It's especially a good idea not to play graphic television scenes at your child's bedtime.

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