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Have You Talked to Your Kids About the School Shooting?

Did you tell your children? Do you have advice to share with other parents on how to approach this delicate conversation?

Patch reported Wednesday that Peachtree Christian Church in north Midtown will be holding a special Service of Prayer and Remembrance for Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Which leads us to another question of day concerning the events of the morning of Dec. 14 that came as a shock to all parents. We watched news of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut with tears in our eyes and a lump in our throats.

While the rest of us went about our mornings last Friday, 26 innocent lives were lost at a suburban school much like the ones where we send our own children. Many questions were raised throughout that day and over the weekend, not the least of which was: "How do we explain this to our children?"

Counselors, psychiatrists and others have offered ideas for talking to children about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Social media has been abuzz with parents asking each other, "Will you? If so, how?" Some parents decided it was best to say nothing, while others have struggled with how much to say.

Did you tell your children? Do you have advice to share with other parents on how to approach this delicate conversation?

 

About this column: The Midtown Patch Question of the Day is an occasional column that features local, state or national news that we want to get Midtown Patch reader's take on.

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