Helping kids cope after tragedy strikes

No parent should have to explain why someone would shoot up a school, yet we find ourselves in this position again and again.

When talking to our kids it’s important to remember how our children react, depends on how we react.

Denise Bulling, a licensed professional counselor, says when a tragic event strikes, like the school shooting in Parkland, ask your children about it. Keep in mind you should talk to them at the age level that is appropriate. So, while you wouldn’t share a lot of details with a 5-year-old, a 17-year-old can handle more information.

"Take time to just hear what they have to say and what their fears are. Be reassuring, be supportive. And you can let them know you’re kind of scared, too, but the children really want to hear that you’re going to maintain some routine and structure and that you’re going to be there for them. You want to reassure them that the schools are safe," Denise said.

She says it’s common for parents to be dealing with anxiety as well, but their fears shouldn’t stop them from sending their kids to school. Children need structure and routine when they’re uncertain of their safety.

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