BOSTON MARATHON (04/16/2013)

So many of us have been deeply affected by the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. My family is closely involved in the Marathon as participants and as observers. 

One of my sons mentors the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society Team in Training and has also run in memory of a close friend. His kids and wife volunteer, and other family members live and work in the area..... Some were close to the finish line.

It's been traumatic for everyone and I'm thankful they are  physically ok.. the emotional part is another story.

I worry about all our children and those who were affected by this senseless attack. In life there are many questions we cannot fully answer, but there are ways that can lessen the emotional aspects, especially for children.

Hopefully the following will be helpful and contribute to the slow healing process we all face.

Remind children that they are safe. Highlight the special things that make school safe.

Take the time to talk. Let kids talk about their feelings and assure them what they are feeling is normal. Remember that some children may not want to talk about their feelings. Encourage these children to express themselves through writing, art, and other projects.

Use language children will understand. Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate. Young children need simple information they can understand and need to be reminded that they are safe. Older children will have questions and will need an opportunity to express their range of emotions.

Watch for shifts in behavior. It’s important to remember that everyone shows emotion in different ways. Be aware of the changes in behavior and mood that can indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort.

Maintain a sense of normalcy. An important part of helping children feel safe is providing a normal and positive environment. School and routines provides children with the positive structure they need.

Monitor and limit television and news. Developmentally inappropriate information and overexposure to news of the event can cause more anxiety or fear, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be careful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children.

Make sure you take care of yourself. Take time to do the things that make you happy. And don’t be afraid to seek additional help for yourself or for your children.



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  1. Nicely put, and Margaret Holmes' book is wonderful.

  2. Thankyou, Jessica...I never thought I'd be recommending this book...Just don't know what each day will bring.