News From Prep
Posted July 24, 2012
A Message from Peter Bachmann about the Tragedy in Colorado
The nation continues to reel from the shocking news of the Aurora, Colorado shooting, and we’re all feeling a bit more vulnerable. When my 27 year old son asked me if I was OK with his going to a Friday midnight showing of the “Dark Knight” film, I said that I was, but felt a wave of alarm pass through me. Parental feelings, however, are secondary to those of our children, and I wanted to bring your attention to the National P.T.A. website, www.pta.org, if you are seeking counsel on how to discuss tragic and violent events. The site elaborates on the following recommendations:
- Prepare - Explore your own feelings;
- Be alert - Look for signs your child is upset;
- Listen - Tune in so your child feels "heard";
- Reinforce the message that "you are safe" in age-appropriate ways;
- Be honest - Answer questions as clearly and truthfully as possible;
- Share your perceptions - Explain your own feelings about the issue; and
- Take action - Adopt the "how can we help?" position to counter feelings of powerlessness in the face of violence.
Time Magazine also features an article, “How to Talk to Your Kids about the Colorado Theater Shooting.” If we can keep perspective by communicating carefully and honestly, our families and community will help one another through these days of uncertainty.