The life and death of Zahra Baker has many parents wondering what to say to their children about the case that has attracted international attention.
Zahra Case Presents Delicate Situation For Local Parents
“We tell kids that bad things happen, but they're very infrequent and most of the time good things happen to kids," said Dr. Dan Biber, a psychologist who has worked with families in Charlotte for decades.
Biber said parents can discuss the story that has dominated local news for the last month, but they need to have limits.
“Parents ought not to go into great detail about dismemberment and other things," he said. “You don't want to add unnecessarily to the descriptions; the sadness is that a child died.”
Many parents in the Hickory area have taken their children to the memorial for Zahra outside of the Bakers’ home. Biber said that memory is far more likely to stay with those parents than their children.
Children Mourn At Zahra Baker Memorial
Memorial Grows Outside Zahra's Home
“Because, remember, they have a world in which they feel competent, and they have a sense that when they fall down, they'll pick themselves up and go on," Biber said.