How do you talk to your children about what happened in Parkland?
It’s never easy to understand why anyone would walk into a shopping mall, a post office, or any public place and take the lives of innocent people. For most of us here at HelloSWFL, the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. really hit home for our parents on staff.
We had a discussion about how each of us talked to our children and young family members about what took place in Parkland and how to prepare for the next time. We hope there isn’t going to be a next time, but these days mass shootings have become the norm here in America.
Discussion Points to Help You Talk to Your Children
We started off the video with a few tips about how to talk to your children ranging from preschool through college.
For parents of preschoolers, kindergartners and elementary school aged children, we suggest the following:
Keep the conversation simple
Leave room for questions
Pay attention to their body language. Their eyes will tell you when they’ve had enough information.
Middle schoolers and high schoolers will require more effort.
Gather your thoughts before talking to your pre-teens and teenagers
Try to keep your emotions under control
Go beyond asking, “how was your day?”
Be ready to answer the tuff questions or how they can keep themselves safe by staying alert.
If you’re a parent here in SWFL, please send us your tips of how you talk to your kids about mass shootings and how you teach them to be safe.
Send your suggestions to Stories@HelloSWFL.com