What do we tell our children about the Brussels attacks?
How do we explain to them, whether they're 8 or 15, what happened? Again.
How do we keep our fears in check when they're there...right at the surface?
We know that in today's world of social media and a 24/7 news cycle, we can't shield them from things like this. Sure, we try... overseeing their online activities, vetting their friends, making sure they're checking in with us and visa versa. And most of the time, we do a pretty good job of it. And then another day of senseless attacks happens and then what?
We learn that innocent people a world away have been hurt. We feel a sense of unease and want our children near. We hear "thoughts and prayers" one more time while we feel sorrow for the families whose lives have been shattered on another typical morning. Like our typical mornings. We again hear it's a "dark day" when we're trying to keep our children in the light.
What do we tell our children when we don't even know what to tell ourselves?
How do we reassure them that they're safe?
To most of our children, Paris and Brussels are a world away. San Bernadino is not.
We do our best to handle our own daily struggles and issues, yet how can we not worry about the immediate and longer-term impact all of this is having on our children? Their sense of security. Their mental health. Their ability to grasp such uncertainty.
So I ask again...what do we tell them?