It may have happened hundreds of miles away, but the tragedy in Connecticut has had a profound affect on parents right here on the South Plains.
Parents gathered outside of Hodges Elementary a little earlier than usual on Friday, eager to hug their children.
When a tragedy like this happens, how do you explain it to your children?
Dr. Paul Douthit suggests: "First, I would probably encourage parents to find out what their child has heard. What they know about the situation and go from there," Douthit said.
Douthit says parents need to first get a grasp on their own feelings before addressing the incident with their children.
"We have to get a grasp on how we feel about it. What are our feelings? What are our thoughts? Because we communicate those non-verbally to our kids," Douthit said.
He encourages parents to answer any questions a child might ask, but to be wary.
"Very directly answer the question, but don't go into too much detail. Don't give them more information than they ask for," Douthit said.
He believes after horrific tragedies like this, it should be a parent's top priority to make their child feel safe.
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