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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by recent tragic events. Hug your little ones a little tighter tonight, and think of those who aren’t so fortunate. The heartbreak… we can’t even imagine.

We think Mr. Rogers said it best:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

Today is not a day for soapboxes, but a day to join in mourning with the families who lost their loved ones, and to try to help our own children make sense of this crazy world we live in.

“In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to assume that young children don’t know what’s going on. But one thing’s for sure — children are very sensitive to how their parents feel. They’re keenly aware of the expressions on their parents’ faces and the tone of their voices. Children can sense when their parents are really worried, whether they’re watching the news or talking about it with others. No matter what children know about a ‘crisis,’ it’s especially scary for children to realize that their parents are scared.”

Here’s a great article from The Fred Rogers Company on how we can help our little ones process times of crisis a little bit better:  http://www.fci.org/new-site/par-tragic-events.html

Aimee Sprik About Aimee Sprik

Aimee Sprik (IL) is mother to Connor, born unexpectedly early at 26 weeks, in December 2008, due to an infection. Connor, with his parents, survived a complicated 120-day NICU stay, which changed their lives forever. Since bringing her son finally home, she's felt passionately about volunteering her time and resources to supporting fellow NICU parents, both at the hospital where Connor was born, and by co-founding Life after NICU, an online parent support forum now moderated by Hand to Hold. You can follow Aimee on her personal blog, Sprik Space, or send her an email.

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