Vegas Lost: How kids deal with memories of One October

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Monday will take us back.

Back to the ten minutes of terror on the Las Vegas Strip. Back to the year of healing and loss since. The one year mark of One October will be emotional for the entire community, especially for our kids.

“These are life changing events", David Schonfeld MD tells us. “That’s what they do. You never go back to the way you were or go back to it.”

David Schonfeld is the Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. He tells us that kids, ones directly affected and ones that just heard about the Vegas shooting, can hold their grief in.

“To be quite honest, often you see no symptoms,” Schonfeld told us. “I would say if something tragic has happened there’s a high likelihood your child heard about it. It’s up to the adults to start those conversations.”

There are symptoms you can look for; signs that your kid might be having a hard time dealing with tragedy.

They can include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes to eating habits
  • Irritability or sadness
  • Older children might start abusing substances
  • Kids could start acting more immature
  • They might regress socially

The responsibility is on adults. Parents, all parents should have conversations with their kids about what happened on October 1st. Engage your children, even if it’s a hard conversation to have.

“Obviously what we want to do is protect children from adverse situations and we should. But when its happened not talking doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It means were not helping them with their feelings. Saying nothing to kids actually says a whole lot and that message isn’t helpful.”

For help talking to your kids, click here.

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