The mass shooting at Las Vegas has brought out a whole of range of emotions in people. From anger, sadness, desperation to hopelessness. As adults, you think that kids will feel the same way. But, what does it mean if your kid doesn’t show any of these emotions?
As parents, you’d think that your kids would respond with fear, uncertainty and sadness about the tragedies like the mass shooting in Las Vegas. You’re scared or upset so you think that your kids would react the same way.
And this isn’t always the case. But, does it mean that something’s wrong with your kids? No, it doesn’t.
Here are some things to keep in mind.
1) Kids don’t have to feel scared or cry to be empathic or understand the gravity of tragedies. Your kids can talk about the scary events without tears and without fears. An emotional response isn’t directly related to understanding, compassion or empathy.
2) Some kids don’t want to talk about intense situations. The details or specifics can make them uncomfortable, but it doesn’t mean that they ‘re not impacted.
3) If you’re worried that your kids might become desensitized to tragedies, particularly teens who see a constant steam of images on their phones, you can start conversations about empathy. You can talk about how people must have felt during the shooting. What they were thinking. Talk about what it must feel like to lose people you love. And talk about ways to help.
I’d love to hear what you have to see about kids who don’t show emotion about tragedies. You can find me on my facebook page @blanca cobb – body language expert. Or, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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