6 Ways to Help Your Child Understand the 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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I am numbed to hear of the horrible mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut. Even though I’m a disaster response specialist, I’m also a parent, and my heart goes out to all the families and community that have been impacted. As a Trauma specialist and Couple/Family Therapist, I have been asked by GMP what we can all do, and how to talk to our kids. I’m sharing a few things that I am focusing on with my elementary age child and family. I will share more as news unfolds.

What you read below is for children and families who have not been directly impacted by today’s shooting. 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.

Attention to the Context

While talking to children, we have to be attentive to the following ten factors that impacts how to respond….(Go to the article to read more)

6 Ways to Help Your Child and Yourself as You Respond

1. Limit your child’s exposure

2. Limit your own exposure

3. Listen to your child

4. Reassure your child

5. Do the usual

6. Check into your own reaction

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Remember, Breathe and Keep Connecting

Keep breathing out the shock! And reach out to your family and friends to create a sense of community and support! Collective trauma calls for a collective response.

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

Read more at http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/megasahd6-ways-to-talk-to-kids-about-school-shootings-help-kids-cope-newtown
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