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SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE: Sandy Hook School Shooting

My six year old daughter was the angel last night in her Christmas program.  She sparkled and wiggled her way through and every parent smiled through tears at the sweetness before us.  We watched our little children sing Christmas carols, while our hearts ached for the parents of all the innocent children taken too soon and the adults who tried to protect them.

I thought of Olivia, the little girl from Newtown, CT, who was also supposed to be the angel in her church’s nativity program this year. I hugged my daughter close and told her how much I loved her…and she asked me why I looked sad even though I was smiling. She asked me if I was thinking about the “real angels” – I said “yes.”  She said, “don’t worry mommy, they are all together in heaven.”  Sob.

Our nation is mourning the loss of those murdered and still trying to wrap our heads around what happened, why it happened, if it will happen again and how we can prevent it in the future.  We have to have a national conversation about it, but more importantly, we need to do something. But, what?  MAMAs, share your thoughts and opinions.

In the meantime, MAMAs please review the following “tips” on how to talk to your children about the Sandy Hook school shooting.


Tips for Adults on How to Talk with Children About Connecticut School Shooting [PDF]

Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events: A guide for parents and educators [PDF]

Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]

Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]

Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters [PDF]

2 Responses to SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE: Sandy Hook School Shooting

  1. Debomama December 19, 2012 at 10:04 am #
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    I just found out that a friend of a friend’s daughter was killed in the shooting. Not that it took that to feel devastated by this tragedy…but it IS amazing that from CT to CA…in fewer than six degrees of separation…the bond as MOMs and Americans is very strong. We can only hope to use that power to try and keep this from happening again. Good parenting, better mental health programs and even better gun laws?? What do you think mamas?

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