The recent school shooting in Nashville, which resulted in the deaths of six people, including three children and the suspect, may prompt parents to seek advice on how to talk with their children about this tragedy. The American Psychological Association recommends parents plan the conversation in advance, find a quiet moment, and be honest about the situation. Listening to children’s responses and acknowledging feelings are also important. The APA emphasizes that it is alright for parents to be human and show their emotions. Additionally, parents may need to explain the concept of death to their children, reassure them of their love, and assure them that they are open to discussing the situation. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends sharing basic information with children, while avoiding graphic or unnecessary details about tragic events. Some children may not cope well with such information, and parents need to watch for signs that their children are not adjusting well, such as sleep problems, physical complaints, changes in behavior, and emotional problems. More information on how to talk to children about tragedy can be found here.