The events that have unfolded within the last 24 hours have been both tragic and confusing. When trauma strikes on such a large scale, it is difficult to shelter our children from the images and stories portrayed in the media, and/or prevent our little ones from overhearing adult discussions. Questions also arise about how to discuss these frightening occurrences with children once they do hear or see parts of the story unfold.
In an effort to provide some answers to these questions, we recommend visiting the website for The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
The NCTSN is a leading authority on childhood trauma. The website provides a wealth of resources for parents who are trying to determine how best to comfort and support their children during times of tragedy, including specific tips on helping children in different age groups.
We hope that you will find this information helpful. As always, the psychologists and pediatricians of Metropolitan Pediatrics are here for your family, and are happy to answer questions and provide an additional source of support.