It’s sad, but we live in a world where terrorism is a realistic part of life. Most recently in Las Vegas, an apparent lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers and killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 400 others making it the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Our kids are naturally going to hear about tragic events like this, and how we answer them is very important.
It would be so nice if kids could stay innocent and live in a world of bliss, but that’s not a real possibility. When they hear of tragic events they may have questions such as “why did that person hurt those people.” First find out what they know. Let what they know launch the conversation and then let them direct the conversation with their questions and concerns. Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting With Presence says, “Say, ‘You may have heard something really sad happened, and I wanted to know what you had heard about that,’ If you’re not sure they’ve heard anything—and don’t want to open a can of worms—just ask about their day, or if they heard anything interesting, and see if they bring it up.”
Other ways to deal with it are; Talk about it more than once, keep it simple and bring it to their level. Always encourage them to express how they feel. Listen to what they are most worried about and name their feelings. Don’t put your own feelings into their heads.
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