Hours after the horrific shooting during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a Colorado movie theater, Melissa Lawrence’s young children were on their way to camp, happily oblivious to the tragedy.
They won’t stay that way for long. Lawrence said she plans on sitting down her 7- and 8-year-old sons this evening to gently and simply explain to them what happened at an Aurora, Colo., theater hundreds of miles away from their New York home.
“I’ll explain that unfortunately these people went to this movie, thinking they were going to enjoy it, and a very ill person came in and did this horrible thing. … No one expected it to happen in this way,” said Lawrence, 42, who wrote about the issue on her parenting how-to video site, CloudMom.com. “I’m not going to lie about it, but I’m not going to go into every detail.”
Today, parents across the country are struggling with how to talk to their kids in the aftermath of a tragedy that killed and injured both adults and children. Experts generally agree that after such a tragedy, parents should keep their answers simple, leaving out dramatic details, while reassuring their children of their safety.
But there’s more to it than that.
Like other massacres, the injuries and the deaths associated with it are nearly incomprehensible. But unlike other shootings, the fact that it happened during the viewing of a movie — the third in director Christopher Nolan’s popular Batman film franchise — anticipated by kids and teenagers everywhere may make it feel frighteningly close to home.–Article courtesy of ABC News
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