After the recent tragic shooting in Dallas, children might experience a range of emotions including fear, shock, anger, anxiety and grief. Here are some parental tips from the Mayo Clinic to help you work through such challenges.

Your child's age will affect how he or she handles the stress of a tragedy. Preschool children might become clingy or mimic your emotions. Some children may revert to wetting the bed or sucking their thumbs. The experts at the Mayo Clinic counsel parents to avoid criticizing your child for this behavior.

Elementary and early middle school children might have nightmares or other sleep problems. They might fear going to school, have attention deficit issues or become aggressive for no clear reason.

Upper middle school and high school children may deny they're upset. Some will complain of physical aches and pains because they are unable to identify what's really bothering them. Others might start arguments or resist authority.

These reactions are normal. The Mayo Clinic experts suggest the following steps:
- First, remain calm.
- Secondly, reassure your child that they are safe.
- Thirdly, limit the child's exposure to media coverage. Constant exposure to coverage of a tragedy can heighten anxiety.
- Fourthly, avoid placing blame.
- Fifthly, maintain your child's routine. Doing so will give them a sense of normalcy.
- Sixth, spend extra time together. Special attention helps foster a child's sense of security.
- Seventh, encourage the expression of feelings.

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