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Archive for December, 2012

How to Explain Tragedy to Children

 Family - Teacher with Parent & Child

The latest news coming out of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is both shocking and heartbreaking.  It proves that no matter how hard we try to shield our children from danger and pain, they will still surprise us from time to time.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the families and loved ones who have been affected by this tragedy.  However, they are not the only ones who have to deal with it.  Our children may not be victims but they still are aware of sadness and grief.  The hard choice as parents is whether to discuss the tragedy or try to shield  our children as much as possible.  Some may sit their child down and try to explain what happen and possibly why and some may turn all news off and keep quiet around their child.  Here are some resources that will give you ideas or suggestions of the best path to take with your child in situations like this one.

  • Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings: AAP
  • Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting: APA
  • Tips about Supporting Children’s Grief for Adults: Boston Medical Center
  • Calming Kid Jitters About Scary News: Dr. Michele Borba

 

Well wishes to you and your family and let’s come together (leaders, parents, teachers, and public service friends) to try to make this world a safer place for our children and grandchildren.

Written By: Kim Hensinger

 

December News

Toys for Tots final pick up: December 10th

Pajama Day: December 17th

Happy Holidays!

Come join the fun and watch our Holiday Shows on December 19th.  Classroom show times are as follows:

Inf./1st Steps/ Tods: 9:30-10:00

Get Set/Pres 1: 10:00-10:30

Pres 2/ Pre-K: 10:30-11:00

The shows will be followed by a little party with your child to celebrate all their hard work!

The school will be closed from December 24th  unitl Jan.2nd.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy Holiday!