3 Ways to Help Your Child Return to School After Newtown School Shooting

The article originally appeared at The Good Men Project and a synopsis is provided below. To read the full article click here.

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What is the best way to prepare your child for Monday after the Newtown shooting?

Should you tell them what happened?

What about the differences in how much every kid will know about the shooting? What if they hear details from other kids?

Are you wondering what is the best course of action?

If you were not thinking about it, now you are. And yes, you need to be thinking. Not to be worried, but to be mindful and present. The simple answer to all these questions is “it depends.” I’m sharing tips for kids and families not directly impacted by the shooting.

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PREPARATION STEPS: Stay tuned to yourself and your kid’s emotional life while being present to the context of your everyday family/community/school life.

ACTION STEPS: Attend to drop-off, pick-up and the days after.

PLAYFUL STEPS: In the face of challenges, we often improvise and find our way. It is ok to be uncertain on how to be or how to do the “best” response. Be open to your child and play with the options and ideas and create with them to learn what works best for you and your family. There are a lot of factors at play and one size doesn’t fit all. Make these ideas your own! Keep love, play and relationship at the center of your attention and surround it with a sense of readiness, responsiveness and mindfulness.

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This article is not a substitute for any professional help that might be needed.

If you have been directly impacted, please call 1-800-985-5990 or visit the website: http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ and connect with the local resources in your community.

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