Yesterday's Insurrection: How to Talk To Kids

Who We Are | 01/07/2021

Krista Spurgin
Executive Director

Our team is feeling very angry and sad about the riot and insurrection that took place at the United States Capitol yesterday. In the strongest possible terms we condemn these domestic terrorists and the white supremacist actions that occurred yesterday.

This attempt to derail our democratic process and terrorize our nation will go down as a dark day in history.  Yesterday is also a day that our democracy demonstrated its resilience and strength as Congress recovered from an attack and carried out their constitutional duty to certify the results of our free and fair election.

We know families may be looking for help talking to their children about these events so we've pulled together some resources.

Some overall advice from Child Psychiatrist, Neha Chaudhary, MD:

  • Limit kids' exposure to the media
  • Provide reassurance and make sure they know they're safe
  • Talk about wrong actions over labeling people as bad (latter is confusing for younger kids)
  • Give them the space to ask questions

National Geographic: How To talk  your kids about the chaos at the Capitol

Denver Post: How to talk to your kids about violence at the U.S. Capitol

I believe brighter days are ahead of us. 

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