Yesterday was one of the saddest days in our nation’s history. As we wake up today we’re still left with so many unanswered questions. And heartache. My heart truly hurts as a mom. I can’t imagine, I don’t want to imagine, what these families are going through.
I wrote the post School Shootings: How To Talk With Your Kids About Unthinkable Tragedy shortly after I learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook. I know a lot of you are out there having these difficult conversations this weekend with your kids. I feel for you and am right there with you having the same gut wrenching talks at my house. I’ve gotten a few follow up questions from my last post, and I wanted to share with you my answers to help you along your journey.
Should we let our young kids watch the news related to the shooting?
To be honest, I have purposefully avoided television news since the shooting occurred. It’s not good for my mental health. It’s just too overwhelming. I stay up to date on the news via the internet and only from reputable news organizations. So, my opinion would be don’t let your young kids watch television news about this tragedy. It’s pretty scary and graphic and you have no control over what is being shown to them. As you know, once they see something on television it can’t be unseen. On the other hand, if there is a newspaper article or internet post you think would be suitable to share with your child then take some time to read it with them and then talk about it. It’s not that kids shouldn’t know the news surrounding this event, it’s that they shouldn’t be consumed by it in the way that television news has a way of doing. [Read more...]