Talk to Us: How Do You Help Your Kids Cope with Fear, Tragedy?

With Lake Washington and Issaquah School district kids in the center of recent community upheaval, what are your strategies to help them deal with stress? Share your thoughts with your neighbors.

Many of us in Sammamish and Issaquah, and especially our kids, have been affected by recent local events and the stress that goes along with them.

This year, we've faced likely preventable accidents on the road and on the playground, a tragic teen suicide, the death of a beloved school resource officer, and now,Thursday, a threat of a shooting that certainly evokes images of fear for us as parents.

How do we, as parents and a community, support our kids through difficulties such as these? The parents and friends of Christian Knudsen have faced their personal tragedy by taking positive and public action, a great model for our children.

I'm wondering how you broach the subject at home. What ideas would you offer to your friends, neighbors, and community that can help kids deal with and learn from these events without becoming afraid to live their lives normally?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

Jeanne Gustafson September 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I know reporting on these recent events has caused me to examine my parenting modus operandi, and to have some frank talks with my son, but I'm worried about making him afraid or becoming too overprotective. What has it meant for your family to see difficult news so close to home? I really am looking for ideas, and I feel certain that if I have the question, others do, too. I hope you'll use the opportunity here to share yours.
Margaret Santjer September 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
My kid is still young, so I try to simplify what I tell him about what "bad people" do, or even about natural disasters like the fires in Eastern Washington. But I agree, Jeanne, it is really hard to know how much to tell your kid without scaring him. I'm open to advice from you other parents, too.


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