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Shootings in schools, movie theaters, and airports. War and terrorism. Car accidents, plane crashes, earthquakes … The list of horrible things that can happen is endless. And the fact that the world can be very dangerous is in stark contrast to one of our jobs as parents—to give our children safe.
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Shootings in schools, movie theaters, and airports. War and terrorism. Car accidents, plane crashes, earthquakes … The list of horrible things that can happen is endless. And the fact that the world can be very dangerous is in stark contrast to one of our jobs as parents—to give our children safe space to explore the world and become independent individuals. But how do we do this when we can’t guarantee their safety all the time? And how do we respond to our kids when they’re frightened by the very real dangers of today’s world?
Kids may respond to feeling unsafe in a variety of ways. They might act out, becoming increasingly defiant and aggressive. They may cry more, struggle to fall asleep, have nightmares, isolate themselves, or have stomachaches. Our children need our help to feel safe and to manage the feelings associated with tragedy and violence.
Here are some tips on how to help kids feel safe:
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