Brain Calms His Kids After Violence Hits Too Close To Home
You probably saw the story in your news feed yesterday afternoon. A stabbing took place in Marion. The suspect got away. The victim's injuries weren't life threatening, but the incident was scary because it took place so close to home. The Marion School District also put their lockdown procedures into place. When I picked the kids up from school, it was the number one topic of conversation. And naturally, they were scared.
Carly was the most upset by the incident. Was the person still out there? Is he near our house? Did someone die? Those were just a few of the questions that I had to answer and explain to her. One of the most important jobs of a parent is not only making sure your kids are safe, but also making them FEEL safe. I thought I'd done a pretty good job of that until this morning at around 3:15 a.m. I was in the shower when the bathroom door opened and in walked Carly. She sat down and told me she was still scared about the stabbing. I assured her that the person would be caught and that she wasn't in any danger. I tucked her back into bed and headed into work.
It used to be that the acts of violence seemed farther away. But now stories of shots fired and stabbings seem like a daily occurrence. Some parents may choose to not talk about things like that with their kids. I understand that. But I've always believed in being as honest as possible with my kids. And if they have questions about anything, to try and answer them. Sadly, in the times we live in, the conversation like I had with Carly early this morning are becoming more frequent. Do all you can to make them feel safe.