Parenting Tip: The best thing parents can do is for their children in the wake of tragedy is use it as an opportunity to connect with their children. Parents can talk with their children about their fears and take the time to listen and provide reassurance. When talking with children in the tween and teen years it may be a time for parents to share their own feelings, including sadness about the situation. Reconnecting at times of grief and loss can bring families and people together. Once the event is processed, parents can help children resume normal life activities as quickly as possible.
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. Questions can be directed to www.drkateroberts.com, www.twitter.com/DrKateParenting, www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRoberts or www.pinterest.com/DrKateParenting.