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Talking With Kids About bin Laden’s Death

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  So what should parents tell their kids about the death of Osama bin Laden?

SLU Care and Cardinal Glennon Pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says in this or any case dealing with current events and your children, first find out how much they already know about it.

“What have they heard already?  What have they read on their Facebook page, or seen online, or heard on the radio or TV?,” Dr. Haller explains to KMOX News.

“Ask them about their feelings about it already.  It may be something that they don’t care a whole lot about.  It may be something that is upsetting them.”

With younger kids, Dr. Haller says, just reassure them you will take care of them and make them feel safe. 

He says parents with older children can use this as a springboard to launch a deeper discussion on what the country has been through over the past decade, and find out their own opinions about justice.

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