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4:39 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento law enforcement Chaplain Mindi Russell, who has responded to many public emergencies, suggests:

* Limit young children's exposure to media reports of the tragedy.

* If and when children see the events, watch together and talk about just what the children can understand. Reassure them.

In addition, from the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice:

* Maintain family routines, particularly around meals, bedtimes, and scheduled social and leisure activities.

* Be especially patient with your children, your spouse and yourself. Hug them and tell them you love them.

* Expose them to stories about heroes, volunteers and public servants. This may help to counteract some of the negative event(s).

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