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Dealing with a tragedy, and talking to your kids about the Newtown, CT school shooting.

In light of the horrific news out of Connecticut, just passing along some information from Meridian experts that I saw online.  

--Dealing with tragedies may prove difficult for many, including children.

--Here's a helpful article on "Helping Your Child Deal With Death." or

Here's a story from ABC News about what to tell your kids about the CT school massacre: (click on link)

how to talk to your kids about ct school shooting

As a journalist, and a former reporter based in CT, I can't imagine having to cover this story now that I am a mom of two young children.  It's unbelievable, really.  My heart just breaks, and, as I am discovering more and more since I have had my children, it's often just too emotional to watch on television.  So, if your kids are around the dinner or breakfast table the next few days while the news is on, please be prepared that this story will be covered for quite some time.  (Frankly, I'm not sure I would know what to say if my kids were older and had questions of their own.  The above article makes some great points about how to talk to your kids about tragedy and death, and there are different ways to go about it depending on age).  It might be a good time to talk about reactions/what to discuss (and what not to discuss) with your significant others, because -- as we all know -- kids will ask about what happened.  It's in their nature to be inquisitive.  

Every time there's a school shooting (and that seems ridiculous to post, as if it should ever happen more than once), everyone is quick to discuss gun control, school safety, recognizing the signs of mental illness, etc.  I cannot believe we are talking, now, about a shooting involving elementary kids.  

As many of you are -- and will continue to do so -- I hugged my children a little tighter tonight.  

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