She has advice for parents when talking about tragedies such as shootings and the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. She says only give children as much information as they can handle. You know them best, so choose what they hear and see wisely.
Monson says children will listen to rumors on the playground at school so give them accurate information, but only as much as they can understand. And, don't traumatize them by allowing them to watch the news over and over.
She suggests to talk openly with your children and let them know that sometimes people make bad choices. She says it's okay to let them know feeling sad, scared and angry is perfectly normal. It's important to get those feelings out by talking. Allow children to have their feelings and don't shame them for crying or being afraid. Hug them when they are sad.
Monson says it's important to turn their fears into something positive... she suggests letting them punch a pillow or kick a pile of dirty laundry.
She also says art is a good release... help them create art projects out of sand, clay, paint or crayons.