How to Talk to Your Kids About the Dallas Shooting

Michelle Kinder shares her thoughts on talking to children about recent events in this editorial on time.com. 

By Michelle Kinder | Jul 18, 2016
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Michelle Kinder shares her thoughts on talking to children about recent events in this editorial on time.com. 

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All of us living in Dallas were shaken to the core last week. As a mother and specialist in social emotional health, I know that right now, children around the country are trying to make sense of the events—the deaths of five police officers in Texas and the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. The most important thing parents can do is help their children form a coherent narrative—a story that makes sense. Humans are meaning-makers, and it is in making meaning that we find a way forward.


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