The first time I encountered people on the street asking for money, I was overwhelmed by a desire to help. I was 14 years old and with my family on vacation in Mexico. At the market, a wistful girl wearing torn clothes approached me with her little hand held out and said, “Tengo hambre.” (“I [...]
Category: Adult Leadership
“What If Someone Starts Shooting Kids At My School?” – A Heartbreaking Question No Child Should Ever Have To Ask
After a terrible tragedy like the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, countless parents, teachers, and other caring adults have to answer frightening questions from their children. Our job is to provide reassuring, truthful information in an age-appropriate fashion. Here how to protect children’s emotional safety right now as we are figuring out how to take action to prevent tragedies like this in the future.
As news keeps unfolding about the Sandy Hook school tragedy, children might hear new scary details and their anxiety might grow. Check in with your kids today. As sad as we all are, here are four actions parents can take today to protect their kids from trauma and empower them in the face of violence.
The senseless school shootings in the news bring up heart-breaking reminders of other outbursts of tragic violence. Kidpower answers key questions in response about how to handle the emotional turmoil after these kinds of violent events.