Reassurance

Remind them that over 400 children WERE safe because of the teachers’ quick actions, and that their teacher’s and parents’ jobs are to keep them safe. Stress the importance of listening to their teachers and following all the drills. Answer their questions and provide only what information they need. They ARE hearing about it, so DO have a discussion about it.  Focus on  positive things to come. If you are a religious family, bring this into the discussion to comfort them. They need to hear that things will be safer now. Children need our reassurance that their homes and schools are safe. If your child can not move on and appears to feel anxious or is withdrawn, tearful, having trouble sleeping, and/or being unusually clingy, then it may be time for professional help.

 

To reassure your child during this time, limit news watching. Keep children away from the news until this fades.  Remind them that over 400 children WERE safe because of the teachers’ quick actions, and that their teacher’s and parents’ jobs are to keep them safe. Stress the importance of listening to their teachers and following all the drills. Answer their questions and provide only what information they need. They ARE hearing about it, so DO have a discussion about it.  Focus on the holidays and positive things to come. If you are a religious family, bring this into the discussion to comfort them. They need to hear that things will be safer now. Children need our reassurance right now that their homes and schools are safe. If your child can not move on and appears to feel anxious or is withdrawn, tearful, having trouble sleeping, and/or being unusually clingy, then it may be time for professional help.

 

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