Today's news of a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has rocked me to the core, as both a mother and a teacher. As a teacher, I can't imagine how devastating it must be to do everything you can to protect the charges in your care and not be able to keep them all safe. As a mother, I'm devastated that little children are dead and many more watched their classmates and teachers slain.
My Facebook feed is filled with other people expressing the same sentiments and if we, as adults, are speechless in grief, how are we to help our children?
My social media feeds have some answers for that, too. Experts like Dr. Phil McGraw and Sesame Workshop have taken to the Internet to give parents some resources to help talk to their children about what is going on.
On Sesame Street's Facebook page, a link to Sesame Workshop's resource booklet for parents and caregivers, "Here For Each Other: Helping Families After an Emergency" was almost immediately posted.
I'm sure there are more resources being passed around. Please add yours in the comments to this post, so we can all get through this together.Updated 12/15/2012
Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting