How To Talk To Your G-Kids About The Pro-Trump Mob At The Capitol
The following is from Maggie Gordon of The Houston Chronicle:
An angry mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of both the House and Senate, as they met to certify the results of November’s election.
As the unprecedented moment unfolded, the nation’s television stations all tuned in to the mass chaos and violence. And millions of Americans working and learning at home during the pandemic pivoted their attention to the scene. Children included.
Parents and grandparents “should strive to protect their children from viewing the chaos,” the Baylor College of Medicine recommended in a news release sent out Wednesday afternoon, as elected officials took to Twitter to condemn the mob’s actions.
Dr. Laurel Williams, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, offered up specific tips:
• Limit social media
• Limit news coverage
• Watch news together (if a child is interested or worried). Ask what they heard and learned, or what they are concerned about. Then, help provide them with facts to address their questions.
• Do activities that reflect your values as a family to help counteract feelings of helplessness
• Keep to your routine
• Be kind and pass the kindness along