How to talk to your kids about traumatic events

It can be hard for children to cope with and understand the traumatic events happening in our nation and region. Most recently, kids may have been exposed to the recent massacre in Las Vegas. In the last month alone, children have witnessed adversity due to the barrage of multiple hurricanes and political tension.

Steve Zwolak, CEO of the Lume Institute and director of the University City Children’s Center, visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to answer these and other important questions:

  • So how can parents help their children better understand these experiences while providing them with age-appropriate information and support?
  • What is the first thing families should know about explaining traumatic events to their children?
  • How do children typically begin to show they are trying to understand an event?