Local parents talk to children about tragedy in Connecticut
Local parents are talking to their children about the tragedy in Connecticut as they send them back to school on Friday. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local parents are hugging their children a little tighter as they send them off to school this Monday morning.
Many moms and dads here in Nevada are addressing the tragedy in Connecticut with their children.
Although the massacre happened thousands of miles away, parents here know it could have happened anywhere.
"I sat him down, and I let him know that there were a bunch of kids around his age that went to school and lost their lives," said local mother Kimberly Morrows.
Parents are also reviewing schools' emergency plans and procedures with teachers and their children.
Psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor spoke with ABC News with some tips on talking to children about tragedy:
- Answer their questions and be prepared to tell the truth.
- Don't let your own feelings stop you from talking to your children.
- Let your child approach you. Don't try to initiate or force this on them.
- Know how your child reacts from an age perspective.
- Understand that there is no timetable on grief.
- Talk to your health care provider and know your resources if you think your child may need help.