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Fears and Anxieties

Everyone has fears and anxieties, and your children are no different. When tragedy touches your family or your children hear of disasters on the news, encourage your kids to talk about their fears and listen to what they say, advises the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Try to address their specific concerns and be honest in your answers. If a family member or friend dies, for example, you can say that the person has stopped living and explain why -- in age-appropriate terms.

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