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Apryl Duncan

Helping Your Kids Deal with the News of the Connecticut School Shooting

By December 16, 2012

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There are no words to describe the sorrow my husband and I have been feeling this weekend over the horrible school shooting in Connecticut that's left 20 children, all believed to be between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six school staff members, the gunman's mother and the gunman dead. Our hearts are extremely heavy over this tragic news, as I'm sure yours is too.

A picture of a candlelight vigil
Many candlelight vigils have been held across the U.S. for the shooting victims with more vigils planned this week.
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Children may have heard about it or seen bits and pieces of the news. As confused, concerned, heartbroken and even angry we as adults are that this happened, kids are also experiencing a range of emotions they may not understand themselves.

We've been fortunate to shelter our older child, who is the same age as the young victims, from knowing anything about this tragic event. I know many of you have children who have heard the news, though. While there's no easy way to talk with your kids about scary news and ease their concerns, School-Age Children Guide Katherine Lee has some helpful tips on how how to talk to kids about scary events in the news.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these families during this unimaginable time.

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