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Connecticut School Shooting: How to Discuss with Your Children

28 people, 20 of them children, are reported dead in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to Newtown Patch. What, if anything, will you say to your children?

Parents' hearts are still in their throats in Stone Mountain, Lithonia and across the country following gunman's horrific rampage at an elementary school, where 20 children and 7 adults were killed. Authorities say the alleged shooter killed himself.

Newtown Patch in Connecticut is posting live updates about the shooting.

The incident raises questions about how future such massacres can be prevented. It will also require parents everywhere to figure out how to discuss the violence with their children, many of whom will be returning to their schools next week.

Parenting.com offers advice for discussing tragic incidents with children. Among the suggestions:

  • Don't bring frightening issues up with children under 7, but be prepared to discuss them if your child asks.
  • Reassure your small children that they are safe. Even though you know you can't guarantee it, admitting ambiguity won't be helpful.
  • Ask questions to make sure you understand how your children are feeling, and assure them their feelings are OK.

The New York Times parenting blog offers a dialogue and a video about discussing violent and scary incidents with your kids.

Do you plan to discuss the shooting with your children? How will you go about it? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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