Dealing with Grief: Helping Our Children Cope in the Aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy

This is the first in a series of three posts we hope will provide useful resources for teachers and parents in helping kids cope with the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our hearts are with all of the affected families in Newtown, Connecticut.

The recent, horrific events that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, left us grief-stricken, for all the families who lost children, spouses and friends. In times like these, many parents must take on the heavy task of explaining death to their children, and helping their young ones as they work through the grieving process. In her most recent book, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, Dr. Michele Borba offers solutions for discussing death with children from preschool through the high school years, and allowing them to guide you through their own grief process. Her suggestions include being honest about the death of a friend or loved one, avoid euphemisms, and allowing your child the time and space to grieve.

Dealing with Grief (excerpt from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions) by Jossey-Bass Education

 The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries (2009) — 9780787988319






Michele Borba is the renowned consultant and educator — recipient of the National Educator Award and author of seven outstanding parenting books from JB/Wiley, including:  Parents Do Make a Difference, named by Child Magazine as an “outstanding parenting book of the year”, Building Moral Intelligence,which Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most significant books published in 2001,” and the Spring 2003 publication No More Misbehavin’ She is a frequent guest on the Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, NPR, and other broadcast media in the US and Canada. She is on the editorial board of Parents Magazine and an expert columnist online for Oxygen Media. Michele travels constantly, speaking before large groups of parents and educators, but also has three adult sons and lives with her husband, a public school administrator, in Palm Springs, California.

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