Tuesday, April 16, 2013
At the risk of feeling like I mostly create blog posts in response to tragic events, I do think it's a good idea to make mention of the national and now, local events of the past two days. With what may be a pipe bomb having been found in our community today after yesterday's Boston Marathon tragedy, it would be easy for children to hear bits and pieces of both stories and then feel scared that people died and were injured here. They may confuse news footage from Boston and even think it's what has happened in our town. With this in mind, I would suggest the following.
- Remain calm and reassuring to your child(ren).
- Limit news exposure.
- Explain the difference between the two "bomb" episodes to your child(ren) in simple terms.
- Let your child(ren) know that anything they are feeling, even if they are feeling nothing, is okay.
- Answers questions simply and without going into too much detail.
- Keep up your regular routine as much as possible.
- If your child's day care routine was affected today, explain that.
- Remind children that everyone who takes care of them works hard to keep them safe.
- Talk about what can help us when we are feeling worried or afraid.
- Seek help if you think your child is having a long lasting negative reaction to the events.
As always, stop in, e-mail, or call if there's anything I can do to help you or your family. Events like this have the potential to shake us all up and make us wonder, "What is happening in our world?" Don't forget to think and talk about the good things that are happening around us too, even if they don't make front page news.