In light of Friday's (11/13/15) tragic events in Paris, I am posting some links with helpful information about discussing these types of events with children. Tragic events such as terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and natural disasters will bring up a lot of feelings and questions. Children often pay close attention to the reaction of the adults around them, and will look to adults for answers and reassurance. There are several things to be mindful of when discussing these types of events with children.
The following are links with helpful information:
From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry- Talking To Children About Terrorism and War:
Huffington Post Parents: Susan Stiffelman, family therapist and author, discusses Talking With Children and Teens About the Paris Attacks:
North Dakota State University Family Science - Talking to Children About Terrorism (this website has a link to a helpful download which details age-specific strategies, and other helpful links, such as how to help children cope with stress in this type of situation):
Acting with courage helps people do brave things, despite what others may say, do, or think about them. If we do the right thing, even though friends tease or laugh at us, most episodes of "ganging up" on someone will be eliminated. Acting with courage is very difficult to do. Everyone feels scared about doing something that goes against what friends are doing. Please encourage your child to act with courage, even when he/she is worried about what others are thinking or saying.
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Adapted from "180 Daily Guidance Lessons To Jump-Start Your Day!" by Shannon Trice Black, M.ED., LPC
What you'll find:
Here you will find information related to the units we are working on in class, as well as ideas and resources for your student and family. Look around and come back often!