Teresa M. Pelham
10:02 PM EST, December 18, 2012
This morning my co-blogger Sarah Cody and I appeared on Fox 61 to discuss tips on talking to kids about the horrific tragedy in Newtown.
(Sarah is a TV pro. I am a newspaper chick. I’ll forever have fond memories of her helping me attach a mic battery pack to the back of my undies, since everybody knows you’re supposed to wear something with a waistband on TV.)
We both acknowledged that we were unprepared to handle something of this magnitude. It turns out that nobody can be an expert on The Right Things To Say in this situation. Nor do we want to be. We both thought we had sort of handled things over the weekend, until our kids came home from school on Monday.
As parents, we have so many tough calls to make every day, and none of us could have imagined that explaining an elementary school shooting was something we’d need on our resumes. Sharing our experiences with each other will hopefully make things a little better and maybe a little smoother.
We tell our children that our teachers are doing everything they can to make their students safe. Our children have faith in us, and we have faith in our schools.
And that’s the best we can do.