Providers Are Impacted Too!
An article on the personal impact for providers working with young children affected by community and gun violence.
We’re in this together. We all experience fear when we don’t feel safe and when we don’t feel the children in our care are safe, and the instinct to keep children safe is universal.
When there’s been a violent event that has impacted your community, it’s okay to let children know you’re sad and angry. (It’s usually hard for anyone to tolerate negative emotions, much less acknowledge them to others, but you might reframe this as going through your emotions, not around them!)
As a provider, it helps to acknowledge that you, too, are deeply impacted by the threat or experience of violence, even if it is vicarious. Your stress, anxiety and sadness around violence in your community and in the lives of those in your care are normal reactions to an abnormal situation. Reach out to colleagues or other professionals for support in addressing and processing your own experiences, and stay connected during and after difficult situations.
As a provider serving vulnerable children and families, you’re already working toward safer communities—because every day, you invest your time and energy in children’s futures. Give yourself the space to acknowledge that this is hard and that’s okay.
Using These Resources: Violence
Article about the Sesame Street Community & Gun Violence initiative.
Trauma and the Body
An article on the effects of violence on children.
1, 2, 3, Color Me
Sitting quietly and coloring together is a stress-reliever for adults and children alike.
We’re Not Alone
A music video on the power of community connections.
I Can Stay Safe
It’s important for children to know several people they can turn to when something goes wrong.
I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
A song about the power of human connections.
Community Conversation: Community Violence
Many communities are unfortunately impacted by community violence, but there are people and organizations striving to help. You can, too!