Posted: Jul 20, 2012 4:36 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2012 5:08 PM
Today we woke up to the tragic news of a shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Some of the victims were children. It's hard enough to understand why things happen when we are adults, but it can be even more difficult for children.
Here is what the late Fred Rogers had to say about talking with kids about scary times.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
Here are some tips to help you talk with your children about tragedy.
It's easy to allow ourselves to get drawn into watching televised news of a crisis for hours and hours; however, exposing ourselves to so many tragedies can make us feel hopeless, insecure, and even depressed. We help our children and ourselves if we're able to limit our own television viewing. Our children need us to spend time with them - away from the frightening images on the screen.
- Fred Rogers Company