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I am heartbroken by what took place at the Sandy Hook elementary school this past Friday. I stand with all who have been touched by this tragedy, and my heart goes out to every person in Newtown, CT as we all feebly attempt to make sense of a madness that has no sense.

Little else has been on the news or in the realm of social media since the gut-wrenching events of Friday morning took place. It has been on the lips of every person I’ve spoken to, and with so much media exposure it is difficult for parents and teachers to protect those children who are blissfully (and rightfully) unaware of what happened.

In the wake of this, many parents are struggling with how to handle the questions and fear they may be getting from their children. In response, I want to share an incredibly helpful article written by Dr. Robyn Silverman that addresses this very issue: how do we talk to children about this if they have already found out?

I hope this article is helpful, and that you share it with others who might benefit from such advice.

Parents; How to Talk to Children About the Connecticut School Shooting

Whatever else you do, try to keep your hearts open – even as they break. To this end, I will also share a wonderful quote from Mr. Rogers:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” 

If you or someone you know would like to sign the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy card, please click here.

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