Warning: This episode could act as a trigger due to its topic. Please listen with caution.
The murders in Uvalde, Texas this week may pull for many different reactions to such senseless violence. The fact that the violence targeted children makes it even more devastating.
I humbly offer these suggestions to you to help you make sense of and give direction to your own swirling emotions as well advice about how to talk with your children about how they might be feeling.
- Look around you and do something you have control over.
- Talk to your children. Allow them to share their feelings and guide them to focus on an act of kindness toward others.
- Journal your own feelings but couple that expression with a plan, no matter how simple.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- Use your anger or anguish not as a weapon, but as motivation.
- This is trauma. Know that you are being affected.
- And as always, take very good care. Of yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
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