How To Help Your Kids Make Sense Of Oklahoma Tornado (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- As you and your children watch the aftermath of the tornado unfold on tv, a local child psychologist says it's normal for your kids to be fearful and ask questions.

We talked to child psychologist Dr. Stephen Ross, who says there's a way to comfort your kids and be honest at the same time.

First of all, you should limit how much radio and tv coverage of the Oklahoma tornado your children hear and see.

Since at least seven children died at one school, Dr. Ross says kids may be scared to go to class. They want to know the chances of something like this happening to them.

Dr. Ross says you should not lie and say a tornado will never happen here. Instead, he says you should reassure them that school buildings are safe, and that teachers are there to protect them.

“The teachers who took care of the kids, who protected these kids from the storm, best as they could. The old adage that your teacher's your friend? In this case, I think your teacher's your life,” Ross says.

He adds this is a good time to go over your family's plans in case of an emergency at home, like a fire. That way your children know what they're supposed to do and can feel more confident.




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