As parents and adults we struggle to figure out why mass shootings and tragedies happen.  That makes explaining them to our children even harder.

There’s no one way to address tragedies with children, and how parents approach it depends both on the child’s age and temperament. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend avoiding the topic with children until they reach a certain age – around 8, but again, it depends on the child.

Age Appropriate Guide to Talking to Children About Shootings