Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. We're starting off with a question we posed recently on the Patch Facebook pages.
Last week's tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT left the entire country shocked and speechless. Nevertheless, many parents felt they needed to discuss what happened with their children. That brings us to this week's question:
Have you talked with your kids about what happened in Connecticut and similar acts of violence? What did you tell them, or not tell them?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Stacey Greenwood Poulter: As of this morning my kids had no clue about the shooting. I am sure they will hear about it at school though. I did feel it best not to say anything about it (we stayed away from all media coverage even all weekend). If and when they ask me about it I will talk to them and reassure them the adults in their life will be doing what they can to help keep them safe (without a promise of always being safe, cause no one can do that). — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Laura Alison Wollenberg Cichon: I spoke to my kids last night and again this morning before taking them to school; assured them that they would be safe; the school has a plan in place and I reminded them that IF an event happens, they need to follow their teacher's instructions, be quiet and make sure they stay away from doors/windows and hide if possible, or get under a desk. That's about all we CAN do... — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Marilou Purpura: took their lead, my daughter 12 was a chatty box, asking all kinds of great questions, and concerns while my son 14 didn't want to talk about it. EVEN at their age we tried not to watch much of the news coverage but they seemed to know all about it, from facebook/friends. I think talking about it when they want to is great /healthy — Burr Ridge Patch Facebook
Bridgett Baron: I have not talked with them at all about it. We do not have a TV, so they've been spared from the onslaught of words and images. If they ask, we will discuss. But there is no reason to bring it up. — Oak Park Patch Facebook
Natalie Cramer: We talked about it on Friday afternoon, just briefly and with much compassion, and then didn't turn on the news all weekend. Too much media is bad for our hearts... — Oak Park Patch Facebook