So what do you say when your children ask, "Why do bad things happen in the world?"
Obviously there is no simple answer, but here are a few tips to help ease their fears.
Acknowledge their fears
When discussing frightening events with your children, address their fears and let them know it's ok to be scared.
However, after you acknowledge their fear point out that scary things happen everyday, and we need to go on with our lives having the hope and the courage that good things still frequently happen and there are good people in the world.
With so much media exposure daily, even small children are bound to see frightening events or occurrences.
As a parent you can't always prevent this from happening, but in your own home you can monitor what they are and aren't exposed to. Understand that young children cannot process certain events and it can actually harm them, so it is important to be mindful of this.
Your children look to you and your reaction to the world around you. In these situations you can be an example of hope and faith that things can and will get better.
You can teach your children that they cannot solve all of the worlds ills, but they can make it better by treating others with kindness and respect, and donating their time and strength to good causes that help those effected by tragedy.