Connecticut School Shooting: How to Discuss with Your Children

27 people, 18 of them children, are reported dead in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to Newtown Patch. What will you say to your children?

Parents' hearts are in their throats in Walton and Gwinnett counties and across the country as news spreads of an elementary school shooting in Connecticut that reportedly took the lives of 18 children and nine adults.

Newtown Patch in Connecticut is posting live updates about the shooting, which was reportedly carried out by a single adult who is now dead.

The incident will raise questions about how future such massacres can be prevented. It will also require parents everywhere to figure out how to discuss the violence with their children, many of whom will be returning to their schools next week.

Parenting.com offers advice for discussing tragic incidents with children. Among the suggestions:

  • Don't bring frightening issues up with children under 7, but be prepared to discuss them if your child asks.
  • Reassure your small children that they are safe. Even though you know you can't guarantee it, admitting ambiguity won't be helpful.
  • Ask questions to make sure you understand how your children are feeling, and assure them their feelings are OK.

The New York Times parenting blog offers a dialogue and a video about discussing violent and scary incidents with your kids.

You can follow Newtown Patch for live updates from Connecticut.

Good Grief Y'all December 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Christmas miracle, indeed, Tammy! Thanks! Too bad it's under these sad circumstances, huh?
Tammy Osier December 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
No kidding. I think you said it once, that we all have more in common than we don't. Ithink we get ruled by emotion, and type away, and are probably meaner in writing than we are in real life lol.
Tammy Osier December 16, 2012 at 09:34 PM
GGy- I found the info on the mental health laws I was talking about and OMG. If Patch decides to go with it, it will be a doozy. The laws are not in the best interest of the public nor the mentally ill. They were changed for all the wrong reasons.
Good Grief Y'all December 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
We all just need to step back from politics and think from the position of common sense and actions based on the Golden Rule on all issues, but especially this immediate topic.
Good Grief Y'all December 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I know I'm not qualified to tackle that subject. I hope and pray the right people will! And soon!


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