Talking To Kids About Tragic News
DULUTH, Minn.– Mass shootings have become the norm in America, as we have seen countless lives lost in tragedies that happen in everyday places that should feel safe, such as school, grocery stores, concerts, movie theaters, and more.
The discussion of how to talk to children about these situations are delicate, yet important to every member of the family.
“Parents, caregivers, know their kids the best. but, I think it’s important to ask kids what they’ve heard, and ask them about what they’re feelings are. what have they seen, what have they heard?” Psychotherapist at Essentia Health-Ambrwing, Dr. Sigard Haller, says.
These tough conversations can feel impossible to approach, but Dr.Haller says you can just try to keep it simple, by letting your child know that you’re always there for them and opening up a strong line of communication.
There are some signs to look out for as well, such if your child says they don’t feel safe going to school.
“It’s important to ask for help, let your kids know you’re there, and again, this is an ongoing process. Don’t try to do it just one time. just kind of check in with them,” Dr.Haller, says
If you feel that your child has a hard time opening up to you or is struggling, it’s best to bring them in to talk with someone early on before the problems become too big. There are a wide variety of mental health support services in Duluth. You can talk to your child’s doctor to get connected to therapy services, or also reach out to their school’s guidance counselor.