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"Kids are gonna hear about this and I think they're gonna be able to tell it's a big deal," says Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Sanders.
Dr. Sanders says parents need to be prepared to talk to their kids openly and honestly about a tragedy that occurred at a place children are supposed to feel safe. Dr. Sanders suggests just answering their questions.
"It's also good not to give too much information," says Dr. Sanders. "Don't overload a child. Don't tell them more than they're asking. Answer their questions and explain things in a simple manner is probably the best way to handle it."
In the face of a tragedy like this, parents want to be reassuring, but Dr. Sanders warns against making broad promises about safety you can't keep.
"Be prepared to answer the same questions over and over," says Dr. Sanders. "A lot of times kids will do that to kind of seek reassurance to make sure everything is still okay. That happens a lot in these kinds of cases."
He says there may be more questions next week when children return to school, as your young ones try to process the fact that children very much like them won't be back in class on Monday. Dr. Sanders says a story like this can be a trigger for children who've been the victims of violence. He says it's important for divorced couples to present a united front so children get the same message from both parents.
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House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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