In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, I find myself crying a few times a day. I didn’t know any of the families who lost their precious children. I didn’t know the teachers and school staff who were killed. Does it really matter? All I know is that precious lives were taken. Lives that had just begun to flourish.
I heard the news on Friday afternoon when my social media partner sent me a BBM. I was in shock. My heart sank and I wanted to drive to school and pick up my four year old daughter. I just wanted to hold her. Forever.
It’s Monday morning and I still cannot believe what happened just days ago. I wonder how people can go back to business again – so soon after the tragedy. I wonder how life can go on. Yet it must. So many lives are forever changed. How does one put the pieces back together after something like this happens?
Little One is only four years old and we haven’t spoken to her about the shootings. She just turned four. Personally, I think she’s too young to be told about this kind of sadness, gun laws, mental illness, etc. At the same time, I don’t want her to be misinformed should she hear things from her peers. Then again, she’s in Junior Kindergarten. Not sure if her peers will be aware of this anyway. Regardless, these are things that I think about as a parent.
Have you explained the shootings to your children? If so, how did you explain it to them? What did you tell them?
For tips on how to talk to your children about the school shootings in Newtown, CT, Alyson Schafer has a great post on the PTPA Blog.