Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

I am having such a hard time finding the right words to say to my children about this. It is just So. Damn. Complicated. And, for me, I cannot feel joyful or gleeful, so I have a certain amount reluctance to broach the subject. Thank you for posting about this. I've felt so upset and conflicted these last 2 days.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's been a tough couple of days, I know what you mean. And very, very complicated.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

We guard our kids from most news...so I had a big dilemma that morning because I was watching GMA, basically sobbing (happy/tearful/mixed emotions) and B walked downstairs because it has never happened before. I'm not a news-watcher, I read what I get of current events. I had that choice to make, to tell her or not. I decided to, knowing that everyone would probably be talking about it that day. It's so hard to try and understand myself why I would be happy about someone's death, even harder to put it into words for a 7-year old. She took it in stride, as she does with everything. The great part being a higher power we can put our faith in and knowing that we don't even have to have the answers at this point. Just keep trying to be kind and good people and pray for those who aren't or can't.

Confusing indeed.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think his death brings a certain amount of closure, and that can bring a sense of relief and release. It is all so confusing, and I'm glad to see so many news outlets are turning now to stories on how to talk with your kids about what happened.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Found this as a link from a blog I read this week: http://htekidsnews.com/

News for kids. I think I may start using it for B, letting her read current events and then we can discuss it at her level.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I tried to find links for kids a year ago, but L. was insulted. He likes to consider himself a grown-up, even though he's ten! But that link could be great for T., who I think is getting old enough to start thinking/reading about the news.