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Talking to children about rioting at US Capitol

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 10:23:53-05

TULSA, Okla. — Pictures and videos from Wednesday’s riots and other events could cause trauma to children.

Licensed professional counselor Judy Branum told 2 Works for You that current events like those in Washington, D.C. can impact children’s mental health.

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“Some children are more sensitive and they're going to be processing this in different ways,” Branum said.

It’s important to let children ask the questions and listen to what they have to say rather than telling them too much. Re-establishing safety is vital for children who feel anxious. Some parents may try to deny what is on TV to protect their children, but Branum said that’s not a good idea, instead, use it to help them learn.

“We don’t want to deny the reality,” Branum said. “But ask, what can this teach us?”

Additionally, what can this teach us about ourselves. Branum said it’s paramount to ask “how these events are affecting me?”

“We want our kids to be okay. But, if we’re not okay, it’s going to be awfully hard for us to show our children what peace looks like," Branum said.

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