Coping with fear and loss: Parenting strategies for difficult times

All of us have been deeply impacted by the tragic events in Connecticut. Our hearts go out to the survivors and their families. Once again, parents all over are left grappling with difficult issues: How do we talk to our children about the events? How can we help them manage their feelings? What can parents so to address any fears that the children express, and answer questions they might ask? Here is a very helpful link for parents.

 http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/Content/Press_Info/crisis_parenting.aspx

Ultimately, parents need to also engage in self-care so that they are able to be fully emotionally present to listen to their children’s feelings, validate them, and help them cope.