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Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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cowshed
Provo, Utah

Unfortunately, Tiffany, children are going to hear about events, from friends, overhearing adult conversations, and other ways, whether or not you choose to share it or listen to or read the news in your home. Although I am over 70 years old, I can still remember as a small child the fears I had about war, kidnappings, killings, etc. My parents did not try to hide such things from me, but would rather discuss them with me and point out that while there were bad things in the world, there were many good things, including our family who would provide a safe haven for us.

I believe that is a more constructive approach than trying to pretend bad things don't happen, even with very small children. If you ignore events that are a part of our life, they'll just wonder why you don't talk about it, and perhaps imagine even worse things than what really happened. As a child, I would hear rumors from friends and worry about all sorts of things that were not likely to ever happen. Talking with my parents helped to dispel many of those fears.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

At the Roots Tech conference in Salt Lake City Last Month, we talked about having more "Wow" moments. You've got it right, Tiffany. Give the kids enough frequent 'wow' moments and they'll be more capable of handling the downers.

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