How can I reassure my anxious child that she is safe?
My very sensitive 7 year old saw some of the recent news coverage of the mass shootings while watching TV with my husband. She ran out of the room crying and later told me about it when I got back from swimming with her little sister. The next day at summer camp, some kids were playing cops and bad guys and that evening she ended up sobbing uncontrollably and unable to sleep. She told me she is scared of bad guys and guns and was really scared/worried that what happens if some bad guy tries to shoot her at a place where she goes (camp/school/playground) or invades our home. I tried my best to console her and assure her that we are safe, and we live in a safe home, neighborhood and community. She has always been anxious from day one, very gifted in academics and arts, but gets overly worried in new situations (first day of school, starting gymnastics, when younger cried at every bday party arrival). She functions fine a majority of the time, but seeing the fear in her eyes and her helplessness of feeling “unsafe,” over recent violence against everyday people breaks my heart. Any ideas on how I can help her cope are appreciated.