In the wake of today’s explosions at the Boston marathon, many parents are again struggling with how to explain tragic events to children. Sadly, we’ve grappled with this same question all too recently. After December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we shared the following quote from The Mister Rogers Parenting Book which had gone viral and was particularly comforting.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Given Monday’s events in Boston, we wanted to highlight his words as well as the below video — which includes Mister Rogers’s practical advice for parents dealing scary events in the news — again.

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