In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing we have witnessed immense courage and statements of solidarity, strength and humanity. In the coming days and months, a more complex legacy may play out where grief, trauma and anger are felt. This kind of atrocity understandably evokes a national response with many of us wondering how we can best support those affected, how we can explain to our children what we don’t understand ourselves and how we can keep our children safe without limiting their freedom. Of course, there are no definitive answers to these concerns but below you will find some links to relevant resources that will hopefully help you find a way.
Holding in mind everyone affected with love.
For Children and Parents
Helping your child deal with trauma, worry and stress from Moodcafe
Talking to your child about difficult topics by The NSPCC
Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma from Greater Good Centre Berkeley University
Helping Children after tragic events
Helping bereaved families
Helping parents and children cope when someone close to them dies
In this video clip a dad speaks to his young son about a terrorist attack in their home city, Paris. This dad reminds us "that while we can’t always protect children from witnessing violence and tragedy in the world, we can comfort and communicate with them in the most healing way possible." (from GGSC)