Episode 115: How To Help Kids Through Tragic Events

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Like most families in America, we’re processing our heartbreak, anger, and confusion in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We’re also grappling with how to help our kids deal with the news. How do we talk to them about school shootings, violence, and other tragic events, especially given that many of them are already talking about it amongst themselves? And how do we communicate with younger kids about safety without terrifying them?

In Episode 115 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share their experiences with their own kids, who range in age from 6-18. They talk about how to share details in age-appropriate ways (including not sharing at all), give kids space to react, encourage action, and accept that as parents, we simply can’t have all the answers, but we can respond in ways that support our kids, our communities, and ourselves.

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