Happy Kids. Remember this is what school is normally. Don't forget but don't obsess either. TV and Radio and the internet make it very hard for us to remember that life goes on and we have to as well. The Media sells fear but you don't have be a buyer.
Tell your kids you love them and it can't ever happen here. Because it won't happen here. Odds are on their side. Tell them whatever they need to feel safe and loved. Make sure they understand you love them and God loves them and they are safe. Don't worry about whither your lying to them or not. Later when they are parents is when they should worry. Tell them its ok,..it happened some where else.... your safe.
Turn off the TV, listen to recorded music, watch the DVR. TV is going to smoother us for the next few days with back to back tragedies. So turn it off and don't watch. The kids don't need to see every report and neither do you.
Remember to let the kids decided how much support they need and give them enough for them to feel safe. If yoru child wants to snuggle for a bit take advantage of it and snuggle. They are going to stop snuggling soon enough but don't try to force them.
If they ask is their school safe the answer is yes. Emphatically yes. Its your job to sell it. Answer their questions if they ask but don't feel you have to share you doubts or questions because you shouldn't. Their kids not partners or friends. You do the worrying. Tell them their safe.
This is the monster under the bed times ten, heck times one hundred.
There are lots of news articles that want to tell you how to talk to your kids about this.. If it helps you to read them please do. But your kid is not a case study by some doctor that is looking to sell his next book. Your only Job is....your safe, it won't happen to you, we love you..
We are going to want to keep the kids on a short leash. Keep them close to keep them safe. I can't stand the thought I'm at work and cant keep and eye my son. But don't. Nothing should change.
Don't try and wrap them in bubble wrap and don't forget they have to be independent young people that are going to grow into great young women and men. Give them an extra hug and pat on the head then send them out to play just like last weekend... This has gone on much longer then I intended. Watch this video and smile