Transcript for Parents Across the Nation Console Children on Eve of New School Day
We welcome you back now to the special edition of world news from Newtown Connecticut tonight the president is now in the high school here behind me and as a nation grieves for the shattered New England town. Parents across the country tonight are holding their children's little tighter than sending them off to school tomorrow morning but that will be difficult enough even harder. Finding the words to comfort and reassure them. ABC's juju Chang with three boys of her own navigating this herself. My youngest roughly the -- of the victims is still unaware of the tragic events we tried to keep my nine year old away from the news. But he read a headline. My oldest so don't details on social media and started asking probing questions across the country kids tweeted their fears one writing -- sick that I have to be scared about going to school. And worry so bad about my fourth grade sister. Parents are anxious to as Monday morning drop off looms. I'm not to -- about -- more worried about. How I'm gonna feel and how I'm gonna let go of her hands when she goes to get the facts and wanted to have a good day but I'll be coming our -- of its kind. And what if a child stars to develop fears of school. It's important after a trauma that we get kids factory teens to be can be kind and compassionate and acknowledged that it's -- -- -- -- addressed their concerns. They do need to go back just. -- in their best interest willow bay author of talking to your kids in tough times says the one thing parents need to communicate is reassurance. It's best to be specific but brief. -- remind them along those safety drills and the adults trained to look over them. -- you remind them that there are adults out there whose job it is to keep insect whether it's policeman. -- school principal. Their teachers. Always come back to reminding them. That it's good job of adults and there are a lot of us hard at work to keep them safe. And -- -- with us here tonight and you were telling me -- -- Give your own kids a plan of action. Some of the talk to -- mom isn't there absolutely if you're nervous it's going to say. Who can you talk to may -- a teacher is who is another person you can -- -- it gives them control over their fierce but surprisingly in this case David. Because the story involves young children because of the magnitude of it even very young children we'll get wind of it so. It's best rather than getting bad information for the parents to sit down even young kids. And have a gentle but -- And reassuring conversation you can you find even if it becomes an -- -- for -- to.
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