Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Working Parent's Reaction to Virginia Tech Shootings

Many of our readers are working parents dealing with the daily stress of managing work and family responsibilities. When we hear about horrific events, such as those that occurred on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday, our daily juggling act begins to seem so futile. We are so lucky for the moments we share with family and the opportunity to provide well for them.

If your job leaves you feeling like there is little time in the day to spend with your children, slow down for an evening and find out how they are reacting to violence in the news. Events like Monday's may leave children feeling insecure about their own safety. Additionally, school aged children may feel concern for their own safety while at school. Click here for advice from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to your school-aged child about violence.

While it may seem nearly impossible to explain to young children that sometimes bad people do bad things for inconceivable reasons, what children need is a rational framework to understand the world's events. Listen to your children's concerns and watch for erratic or depressive behavior. Assure your child that you do everything in your control to ensure their constant safety. And above all, never let yourself be so busy that you miss an opportunity to show your child how much you love them.

Leave a comment below to let me know how you and your children are dealing with the Virginia Tech shootings.

Our prayers go out to all those affected by the events of Monday, April 16th.

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