Because of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon say it's normal for people — especially children — to be anxious about the April 28 race in Oklahoma City.
They have been distributing to parents and teachers a handout with suggestions from Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a child psychologist that works with the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum on various projects, on how to deal with children about their fears.
“Part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's mission is to teach our children that the world holds far more good than bad,” said Kari Watkins, executive director of the memorial and museum.
“Send a positive message and let your family know the marathon's highest priority is the safety of all runners. We are confident the appropriate safety measures are in place.”
Among the tips offered to parents by Gurwitch include:
*Don't let your own fears be contagious. Process them with your peers, not your students or children.
*Give a positive message. Don't say, “I'm worried, too, but we just need to get over our fears.”