BEGINNINGS BLOG

LATEST ENTRIES

Parenting, Conversations with Dr. Donna, Preschool Newton, Kindergarten Newton, Kindergarten Weston, Preschool Weston

Protecting Our Children by Helping Them Feel Safe and Secure

Dr. Donna Housman

thumb_parentwithpreschooler

In light of the tragic event that has recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as parents and teachers we are left with the most basic and fundamental question of how do we protect our children and help them feel safe and secure - not only when they are with us but also when they are apart from us.

Both children and adults alike are stricken with this traumatic act.  How do we help our children deal with the realities of what has happened and the potential intense emotions accompanying this tragedy?

Although most parents have protected their preschool-age children from sharing information about this event, it is important to know that your child may find out about this through older siblings, out on the playground, overhearing parents discuss it, or through TV, and hearing this may leave them feeling frightened, confused, and threatened in terms of their own safety and security.  Therefore as parents and teachers we need to be prepared to talk about what has happened with our children.  How we talk about this traumatic event should be adjusted by age and your child’s individual temperament, for example, children under five can only take in small amounts of information.  Saying something like “A very bad thing has happened at a school but the adults, parents, and teachers are dealing with it to help resolve the problem and make sure everybody is safe”.

Tags: Parenting, Conversations with Dr. Donna, Preschool Newton, Kindergarten Newton, Kindergarten Weston, Preschool Weston

In the News

Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School
On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on...
Why Begin to…ECSEL Supports the Growth of Emotional Intelligence
Beginnings School and Child Development Center is steeped in the knowledge that emotional...
A Tribute to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
Reading to children at night, responding to their smiles with a smile, returning their...
Day Care Center vs. Child Development Center
We all want what is best for our children. We also know that the first years of a child’s life...
Building Blocks at Beginnings
We were very much struck by this recent article in Forbes Magazine that addressed how people with...