Preparing Kids Hearts for Tragedies Like the Boston Bombing

As parents and nannies, it’s essential that we’re prepared to talk to our kids about tragedies like what happened today in Boston. It’s our job to reassure them, provide a safe space for them to share their feelings, ask questions, and get honest yet appropriate information. However there’s more that we can do. On days like today we have to talk to our kids about the fact that there are people in the world who purposefully hurt others. We shouldn’t have to but it’s a reality of the world we live in. But on other days, days when we’re simply walking through the tasks of our lives, we can take the time to honor and recognize all the people who purposefully share love, compassion, kindness, and generosity with the world. We can talk about the people who stop to help, to protect, to uplift, to care for others only because it’s the right thing to do. We can find ways to share our time and talents with others and help our children to find their own ways to serve. So on these days when we have to talk about the hatred in the world, our kids know in their hearts that the world is also a place filled with love and kindness. I think above all else, that gives them – and us – a sense of hope for what’s to come. – See more at: