Explaining Tragedies to your Charges
For those of you who know of the shooting in Oak Creek, WI at the temple and of the Colorado Shooting, you may wonder how to explain these terrible acts to your charges. I broke the news to my charges (ages 9 and 12) about the Colorado shooting. They were shocked and a bit scared. I told them that sometimes bad things happen and they didn't need to be worried because it was far away. I told them things were changing now to insure their saftey in public and that in the future, shootings like this would be unheard of. Then the temple shooting happened. This time, 2 miles away from my work place. How on earth am I supposed to tell them that they do not need to worry when it has hit 2 MILES from their HOME?! I trust that by the time I arrive at work early tomorrow, my boss will have done her best to explain the situation. But they are 9 and 12 and like myself, news junkies. And no matter how informed they are, they are children and they will have questions.
Situations like this put us nannies in akward and difficult positions. We are not their parents but must act as such especially during times like these. So how do I explain to these kids why something like this happened so close to their home? How do I make them feel safe? On this this blog, you may know me as MissWi, and I stand by that. Wisconsin is an amazing place. It is so diverse ESPECIALLY in the Oak Creek area. And those of us that call Southeastern Wisconsin home we embrace the diversity and ENJOY it. That's what makes it special. The person who did this does not show the character of a typical Wisconsinite. - MissWi
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