When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. — Fred Rogers
The following materials may be of some assistance to you to help you and your children cope with the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. Please feel free to share this link with others who may need help dealing with these events.
- How to Talk to Your Children About the Connecticut Tragedy (nurturingparentsandteachers.com)
- Talking to Children about Death (hospicenet.org)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- Talking with Kids About News: Strategies for Talking and Listening (pbs.org)
- Talking to Children About Tragic Events (Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund /One Tough Job)
- Talking to Your Children About the Recent Spate of School Shootings (American Psychological Association)
- Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Psychological Association)
- Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Guidelines for “Helping Children Deal with News Violence” (Diane Levin, Ph.D., Wheelock College)
This resource list is updated continuously so please check back soon.