I wanted to take a moment to share some resources for caregivers and community members as we all navigate how to best support children and ourselves in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.
I am personally experiencing many feelings of grief, anger, anxiety, and...so much more as I think of the children and families of Uvalde and the state of mass shootings in our country. Taking time as adults to sit with and honor our own feelings can be a really important first step in supporting children, as we often talk about in our Planting Seeds family group.
Children are picking up a lot of information, misinformation, and very understandable fears during times of mass trauma, as we've seen through this ongoing pandemic and social inequities in so many ways. I found these resources below really helpful in thinking about how to frame conversations with the children in my life and hope they are helpful to you as well.
Child Mind Institute: How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings
National Education Association: Talking to Students About Texas Elementary School Shooting
PBS Kids for Parents: Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News
Thank you all for the space, support, and love you bring to the young people in your lives. A reminder for us all to do our best to feel our feelings and take care of ourselves as well. <3