Family / Parenting

Tragedies in the News: A Resouce List for Parents

First published April 16, following the Boston marathon bombing. Republishing this in the wake now of the Oklahoma tornado today, and with our hearts with all those affected. ~ Polly.

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Each time any violence and tragedy dominates our hearts and minds, we’re rightly concerned that it may penetrate to our kids, with or without filter or explanation from us. So here, again, and with heavy heart that it is so needed so soon after Newtown, are some resources to help make sense of approaching the tragedy in Boston with your children.

Needless to say, each family’s situation is very different: some are in the area, some children will know vicitms or have been there, some (such as mine) are on the other side of the country but may have questions about what happened and why.

From the Lesbian Family post following Newtown “How to Talk to Kids About Tragedies in the Media”:

  • Child Development Institute Parenting Today: How to Talk to Kids about Tragedies in the Media
    • This resource isn’t broken down by age group, and its presumption is that the child is already to some degree aware that something very upsetting to others has occurred. Within that context, it has many useful (perhaps even intuitive) suggestions.

And from the tail end of a post by journalist Josh Stearns, “Turning off NPR: Media, Crisis and Kids,” at his blog Groundswell:

Please add any further suggestions, if you have any, in the comments.  Meanwhile, love, support, prayers, and all else we can send Boston’s way.

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