Parents' hearts are in their throats in Walton and Gwinnett counties and across the country as news spreads of an elementary school shooting in Connecticut that reportedly took the lives of 18 children and nine adults.
Newtown Patch in Connecticut is posting live updates about the shooting, which was reportedly carried out by a single adult who is now dead.
The incident will raise questions about how future such massacres can be prevented. It will also require parents everywhere to figure out how to discuss the violence with their children, many of whom will be returning to their schools next week.
Parenting.com offers advice for discussing tragic incidents with children. Among the suggestions:
- Don't bring frightening issues up with children under 7, but be prepared to discuss them if your child asks.
- Reassure your small children that they are safe. Even though you know you can't guarantee it, admitting ambiguity won't be helpful.
- Ask questions to make sure you understand how your children are feeling, and assure them their feelings are OK.
The New York Times parenting blog offers a dialogue and a video about discussing violent and scary incidents with your kids.
You can follow Newtown Patch for live updates from Connecticut.