I gave both of my children extra long hugs and lots of kisses before taking them to school. Dropping them off today was NOT easy. My boy is 7 and my girl is 3. We didn't mention anything about Sandy Hook to them over the weekend. They didn't bring it up and honestly, I didn't know how to approach it. My little guy has such anxiety to begin with and I know this would have eaten him alive. I wanted to give him 3 more days of dealing with the usual fear of spiders, zombies, natural disasters before bringing this into his world. I'm sure someone will mention it to him and he'll come home with a few questions. We'll deal with it then. We also happen to have some other great resources available and I plan on using them if need be.
I do not want my child living in a world of fear. This is going to be a "process" and I'll be more than happy to share whatever works for us on this side. Please share what you feel worked best for you.
Indeed it takes a village.
On a side note: Check out this 14 year old boy who wrote a rap to bring healing and hope to the world following the Sandy Hook Tragedy. I hope for every child to grow with such compassion and sympathy in their hearts.