Much love, concern, and prayers go out to all of those associated with Sandy Hook Elementary. As parents and teachers around the country help their children cope with understanding what happened and having discussions that will be effective in healing, I'm sharing the following resources:
From PBS Parents: Strategies for Talking to Kids about the News
Talking about the news with kids happens in everyday moments. Children ask questions in the car on the way to school, in between pushes on the swings, and just when you're trying to rush out the door. In one breath, they'll ask about a range of topics — from the weather to the president to the latest war. And when difficult questions come up, parents wonder how to respond.
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
From the Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about Traumatic Experiences
From the NYU Child Study Center: Talking to Children Immediately After Traumatic Events
From Military One Source: Helping Children Manage Fears After a Traumatic Event
If you know of other resources, please add them to the comment area below.