Faith Formation

It’s getting common ground that you turn on the TV or the radio and something tragic comes across the airwaves.  Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes or fires remind us that we really don’t have complete control over our surroundings.  Or how in the blink of an eye, tragedy could befall people enjoying a concert outdoors in Las Vegas.  Children all the way through teenage years are not immune to these topics or these images.  Some may have questions or concerns.  Here are some valuable resources that can help you talk to your children about the events that have taken place in the recent days.

Something to Think About

 

A Guide to Parenting Through A Crisis – A number of resources put together by Boystown, including a couple of videos and articles.  Short, easy to read sections provide useful information and hints.

When It Feels Like The World Is Ending – A short reflection piece geared for older teens put out by LifeTeen – not specifically aimed at this past week but still useful.

How to Talk To Your Children About the Las Vegas Shooting – From the Save the Children organization – a short list of specific suggestions to consider.

Terrorism – A page of many links from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Many, many resources are available.  If you click the link Psychological First Aid near the bottom you’ll be presented with many more.  While geared to schools and organizations there’s a lot that parents would find useful.

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events – From healthychildren.org – a resource of the American Academy of Pediatricians.

Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals (PDF) – From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers – From the National Association of School Psychologists

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event (PDF) – From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Specific tips based on age.