We both have 6 year olds at home. The tragic events that occurred on Friday in Connecticut hit both of our hearts and homes very strongly especially as classroom teachers. We felt that we needed to stop, acknowledge and grieve for the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The past few days we’ve all seen how the media and peers and the world have reacted to the news. We all react differently. Amanda and I chose to react differently to the news of the events with our own children and how we shared the information. We know that many of our readers will each have their own ways to grieve, respond and involve your family.
We consider all of you as friends that we might hang out with at the playground one day and share things we find online that are helpful with our own children. We’ve a tearful heart and a wish to help we just wanted to share with you some resources that we have read and searched for over the weekend for our own children that may help you with parenting your child through this event. They can be found on our Pinterest Parenting Board . Many are posts from Early Childhood Specialist, Psychologist & Counselors who specialize in this area of dealing with trauma with children.
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Try your best to monitor the messages they are hearing through various forms of media. Be available to talk with them about their self initiated thoughts and concerns. Since you may have more time on your hands with your child, especially as they holiday break arrives, here are some SCREEN FREE ACTIVITIES to spend special time with your child. We’ve also found many resources for you for Screen Free Activities that can be found HERE on our board. Free Play is a great way for children to process information that they may not be able to verbalize in a conversation with adults. Books can be a great way to help your child open up about concerns and feelings. Here’s a book list “Using Books to Break the Ice” that Allison McDonald shared on Scholastic.
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We both printed this book from Fun in First for our children about Reassuring Children in School as they came home from school to color and talk about. Here is a list of Age Related Reactions to Traumatic Events from National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help monitor your child. Here’s a post from the Fred Rogers Company about talking to kids About Dealing with Death
If you have any resources you recommend please leave a comment and we’ll add to our Pinterest Board. We will continue to update our boards as we search for the best information for you and your child during this time.
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