The recent attack on America’s Capitol has shocked thousands, leaving us and our children with strong and difficult emotions. How can the important caregivers in children’s lives best talk about what happened and the emotions that have followed? We have cultivated this list of helpful resources and tips so we can safely navigate these very challenging times.
National Association for the Education of Young Children – multiple resources for supporting young children and families
Child Mind Institute – ways to talk with children about the violence at the Capitol
Teaching Tolerance – ways educators can support students after violence and disasters
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – specific steps families can take to reduce the negative impact of violence in the Capitol on children
American Psychiatric Association – common reactions to trauma in adults and children and lists of supports for both
CNN – tips for conversations with children about the attack on the Capitol
Washington State Department of Health – list of hotlines and chatlines for mental health and suicide prevention