Dear Aidan Families,
As we all watched the scary and shocking events unfold at the US Capitol yesterday, I wanted to provide some resources and guidelines to help you and your family process this experience. No matter what the age of your child, here are a few basic principles:
- Remind them they are safe. Even though we witnessed many examples of safety being violated, reassure your child that they are safe and school is safe.
- Answer questions your child asks and be mindful not to overshare. What does your child already know about what happened? By starting the conversation about what they already know, your child can better guide you towards what information they have, so as to not overwhelm them with more details than they need to know. Ask them how they feel about what happened. It's important to not overshare any details or pile on information they are not asking for.
- Share your own personal emotional responses. Be a model to share your own feelings, emotions, and responses to the events of yesterday. Often children are holding so many emotions at one time and may not truly have the words to understand their emotions. Share yours and ask them about their feelings.
- Look out for HOPE. There is always hope and that is what keeps us moving forward. Remind your children of the light that helps guide us through darkness. There are countless stories of resilience, positivity, and moving through tragedy. Talk about these aspects of yesterday - talk to them about the words of leaders and helpers. There are countless examples of people who spoke up and spoke out yesterday to help keep our nation safe.
- You do not have to have all the answers! Your children do not expect you or need you to have all the answers. They need to know that they are safe, supported, and loved, and that there's room to discuss difficult topics with you.
Here are some additional resources to explore:
nationalgeographic.com/family/ 2021/01/talking-to-your-kids- about-chaos/
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly for questions or more support around this topic.
In safety and support,