Eye on Lifestyle: How to talk to kids about recent shootings, tragedies

Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 8:51 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - If you have school-aged children, chances are they’ve already talked to their classmates about recent tragedies in the news, like the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and you may be wondering how they are feeling and what they are thinking.

In this week’s Eye on Lifestyle, Nikki Karnowski with Metamorphosis Coaching, Consulting, and Training shares things to consider when having these conversations with your kids.

According to Karnowski, children’s questions can be very different from adults’, so the best way to determine how much information they need is to listen to them and their concerns.

-Listen & ask what has been heard.

-Share appropriate information based on a child’s age and emotional reaction.

-The emotional reaction may be linked to past trauma experienced and how closely they are connected to the tragedy.

-Be patient to process in little chunks with younger children.

If your child needs assistance coping with tragedy, The American School Counselor Association also has tips to help.

-Try to keep routines as normal as possible.

-Limit exposure to television and the news.

-Be honest with kids and share age-appropriate information.

-Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.

-Reassure kids the world is a good place to be, but some people do bad things.

-Families and adults need to assess and deal with their own responses to crisis and stress.

-Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

You can tune in every Monday at 6 a.m. on CBS 3 This Morning for more lifestyle tips.

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