Living in a bubble

in Essential Ramblings

I wish I could take my kids, wrap them up and live in a bubble.  Just me, my husband, and my kids…safe, healthy and forever kept away from the scary, sad, and depressing world we live in.  I am so down today after hearing the news again of another tragic death in our world, this one so close to home in Cross River.  I don’t want to send the kids to school, I don’t want to turn on the news, and I don’t want to have yet another conversation with my children about death, the weird way people are in the world or about why bad things happen.  As I wrote recently these poor kids are barraged daily with terrible news and we wonder what effects this will have on their psyches — if I can’t stand to watch the world and local news, what do you think it is doing to our children?  Wars and poverty, death and destruction.  My kids actually had a conversation in the back of the car on the way home from school the other day about how they think the world is coming to an end.  When I tried to intervene, they said ‘then how do you explain all of the terrible things happening with storms and wars mom?’ As if I were an idiot to believe that everything is ok.  What a horrible way to live.

My heart goes out to the families of children who went to school with these kids, who knew this family personally.  I ache for the conversations they will have to have and for the tears they will cry.  My only advice?  Watch your children carefully over the next few months.  Don’t smother them and make a problem where there isn’t one, but if there are any changes in behavior, seek professional help…even if they weren’t close to the kids, you may be surprised what might resonate with your kids.

And for the rest of us?  When you get an assignment from school or a question from your kids about current events — direct them to these sites for news and information — kid friendly news — not ostrich with your head in the sand news, but better than the average crazy.

www.timeforkids.com/news
kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories
www.dogonews.com

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