My friend Kristen at Rage Against the Minivan is a family therapist, and I agree with her take:
“I don’t think that talking to my kids about mass shootings would in any way equip them for such an event. In truth.”
Hank was with his dad yesterday, and Bryan went over a plan for what to do if Hank ever “saw a gun at school,” but didn’t cite yesterday’s murders specifically. Unless Hank comes to us with questions, we’ve agreed not to mention it.
Now the grownups can resume waiting for someone to explain it to us.
To the parents, family, and loved ones who lost babies and educators yesterday, I am so sorry. To the teachers who were able to protect so many children from harm, and those who died in the attempt, our deepest gratitude.