We think Mr. Rogers said it best:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Today is not a day for soapboxes, but a day to join in mourning with the families who lost their loved ones, and to try to help our own children make sense of this crazy world we live in.
“In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to assume that young children don’t know what’s going on. But one thing’s for sure — children are very sensitive to how their parents feel. They’re keenly aware of the expressions on their parents’ faces and the tone of their voices. Children can sense when their parents are really worried, whether they’re watching the news or talking about it with others. No matter what children know about a ‘crisis,’ it’s especially scary for children to realize that their parents are scared.”
Here’s a great article from The Fred Rogers Company on how we can help our little ones process times of crisis a little bit better: http://www.fci.org/new-site/par-tragic-events.html