Like so many of you, I was at a complete loss yesterday; not only in how to comprehend the events of the Newtown tragedy myself but how to explain it to my own children. My kids, as you know, are teenagers but how does a parent explain something like this to young children? I asked clinical psychologist Dr. Marcy Rosenzweig Leavitt (who’s a friend and former classmate) ,what parents should do now.
It’s holiday time. Bright lights, carols, shopping, and trips to sit on Santa’s lap should be the focus of the day. Instead we are faced with yet another tragedy involving a shooting at a school. For the next few days your television sets and Internet sites will inundated with photos and stories children being murdered at an elementary school and parents in mourning. It is hard to filter these images from adults, so how do we protect our children from the onslaught of brutal stories while being honest with then about what happened?