Children can feel upset at times and whatever has happened in the family needs to be addressed in a proper way so that children can understand things better and try and cheer up with your help.
Talk In A Calm Way - Don't scare off your children by speaking aggressively, explain to them a situation in a calm way and don't get too upset about it as you're speaking. Show the child that everything is all right.
Be Available To Talk With Them - Don't become so preoccupied that your child feels that they can't approach you to talk. If your child looks upset or troubled then sit down with them and encourage them to speak up if they want to ask something.
Get Your Child Something Comforting - If a loved one has passed away, children can often become quite distressed and confused about this. Getting them a special teddy bear or soft toy to give them when you tell them or after will hopefully make them feel as if they have something to hold when they are upset.
Encourage Your Children To Talk To You - Sometimes children are embarrassed to speak up about a tough time such as getting bullied or if a family member is in hospital. Bring it with your children so they can see its okay to just randomly ask questions about tough times. Ask them every now and again if they want to speak up.
Work Through Things As A Family - If hard times have fallen upon you and your family and you have children, sit all together to talk about your feelings and what you're thinking. Spend time as a family and give each other lots of affection and support.
All children are different and have different ways at coping with troubles. Speaking together and asking questions is the best way to start the road to recovery. Lots of support and affection will be needed as children don't understand the more complicated problems in life and need to be told in a simple way without making them fearful.