Boys Town Provides Parenting Strategies for Dealing with School Tragedy

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Boys Town provides parents strategies for helping children deal with tragedies such as the school shooting in Connecticut.

Parents should be vigilant and watchful, keeping their eyes and ears open for signals of deeper problems.

Boys Town today released advice for parents on helping children deal with the recent school shooting. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting, coping and discipline skills and offers the following advice for parents:

1.    Everyone – including kids – is hard-wired to recover from crisis events and has “built-in” coping mechanisms.
2.    It is normal for kids to feel upset, sad, confused or afraid after something bad happens; let children know it is okay to have these feelings.
3.    Always be available to talk and listen to children, but don’t force children to talk about their feelings.
4.    Parents, friends and teachers are the best sources of support, caring and understanding.
5.    Getting kids back to their normal activities as soon as possible promotes coping and healing.
6.    Give kids time and space to sort through their feelings.
7.    Monitor kids and stay vigilant as the healing process continues, even months after the event.

“Through all of this, parents should be vigilant and watchful, keeping their eyes and ears open for signals of deeper problems,” says Dr. Daniel Daly, Boys Town Youth Care director. “These might include changes in eating or sleeping habits or not being able to return to normal activities. If parents notice these or other red flags continuing two weeks or longer after the event, they should seek professional help.”

You can find more information on the subject at The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents and kids 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 400,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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