How to Talk to Teens About Losing an Idol

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Dr. Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD, Newport Academy Executive Director in Northern California, spoke on the San Francisco-based news channel KRON-TV about how to talk to children about tragic events. Parents are often concerned that telling a child about sad news is going to make it worse, says Dr. Dragonette, but it’s essential to talk openly about what happened. She recommends parents approach the topic head on, start with questions, and validate children’s feelings.