How to talk with your children about Sandy Hook Elementary
There are no words to express the profound sorrow I feel regarding the incident that occurred on Friday Decmeber 14. As an educator my heart is filled with sorrow, how one simple act can destroy our sense of safety in our schools. It is also filled with pride and the courage and strength that my fellow educators showed in the face of danger. Doing what we all hope our teachers will do, put your children first.
As a mother my heart is doubly broken for the parents who are not able to go home and hug their child one last time. Soothe their nightmares and celebrate their victories. As our President said these children have lost their next birthday, year in school, graduation and every other right of passage that our children have. My heart weeps for their deaths and the loss of their parents. As a mom I came home and hugged my kids a bit tighter, watched them sleep a bit longer and thanked the universe for the blessings of my children.
The link to the right goes to the Crisis Management Institute and Cheri Lovre. Cheri is perhaps the most knowledgeable and grounded humans when it comes to school tragedy. She has been to NYC post-911, spent 2 years working with the Amish community, was one of the first to walk through Springfield after their tragedy, and the one I went to when we were preparing for the 1 year anniversary of the disappearance of Kyron at Skyline. If you are at a loss as to what to say to your children when they are asking questions, please go to the link - her tips are very thought out and developmentally appropriate.
Even though we are on winter break I will be available for families who are finding themselves in crisis due to this situation. I will check my email daily and will call you or email you within 24 hours of contacting me. If you find yourself or your child in crisis please call the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888.
May each of you be well this holiday season and find your blessings in your every day life.
Please go to the link below for some tips on how to talk with your children.