Tragedy happens everyday.

With the click of a television remote or the close of a webpage…we can remove this painful reality from our thoughts and go on about our day. When the tragedy happens in our community, there is nothing that can be clicked to remove the heartache at each of our back doors. This is especially true if you care for children or teenagers. Watch below for 3 ideas in how to respond to tragedy with your kids.

Want help in starting the conversation? Here are 5 conversation starters to get the discussion going with your child or teenager. Just read one or two of the questions below out loud with your children/teenager and listen to what they have to say.

Conversation starters

  1. What are your friends and others kids saying about this at school? After they respond then ask: What do you think?

  2. I just heard about what happened. Tell me two things you know are the facts and one thing that you heard that doesn’t sound true. 

  3. When things like this happen, I ask myself all kinds of questions. What questions are you wondering about?

  4. Hearing about this tragedy, makes me wonder if I am really safe. Are there any times during the week when you don’t feel as safe as you would like to?

  5. There are many things that happen in this world that I don’t really understand why. It’s hard to know what to do when things feel so uncertain. What do you do when things just don’t make sense?