It’s been just over one week since the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. It’s over the past week, your child may have had a question or two. The head of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sue Abderholden says it’s okay to sit down and talk to your kids — however:
“Be careful about the age of the child because this can really be a very scary thing to children. And I think we need to be careful not to increase their anxiety about the world.”
Ways to spot if your child may be feeling stressed, anxious or angry about the events that unfolded are if you notice changes in their behavior, apprehensiveness about things they normally do, fear about what could happen in safe places such as schools, churches or the mall, or changes in appetite or sleep patterns.