Helping your child deal with the traumatic events happening in D.C.

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 18:35:53-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - The graphic issues continue to play over and over from the violence that unfolded in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

As the country moves on, health experts say to keep in mind that this situation may be a lot for children to handle.

Dr. Sarah Williams is a licensed therapist in Chesapeake and the owner of Covenant Way Wellness.

She says parents should try to protect young children from graphic issues that are being portrayed on the news and social media.

She said to make sure you allow your kids to ask questions and to check in with them daily to see if they are fearful about what happened.

“Families with small children, please keep in mind that your children are experiencing this right along with you. Be available to answer questions to offer support. Kids need therapists, too,” said Dr. Williams.

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She said having children work out issues when they are younger will help them process their emotions and may prevent issues with anxiety and depression from happening when they are older.

Click here for more information information from the CDC on helping your kids cope with emergencies.