I am afraid that despite the beautiful fall days we are experiencing, I am finding it hard to get past the terrible news of last week’s shooting at the school in Oregon or the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. I feel so helpless and distraught.
If your child has been exposed to the recent news, remember to help them process it in developmentally appropriate ways. I found this PBS site helpful– look at different ages and know what they can handle. http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/
I also encourage you to help your child mitigate real-life violence by being aware of the desensitization that can happen, especially when playing “first-person shooter” video games, or when being exposed to gratuitous violence in TV shows and movies. I am not opening a can of controversial worms here, I am simply asking that we all think hard about what our children are exposed to and whether it builds in them hope, agency, peace and strength. And let’s hope that by raising socially-conscious, loving people, they may be tomorrow’s Doctors Without Borders, first-responders, teachers, or policymakers.
That’s what might get us through times like these.