How to talk to your children about the Uvalde tragedy

San Antonio pediatrician & parent coach, Dr. Lulu, shares her guidance on how to start those conversations

SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Lulu is a pediatrician, parent coach and mother. She shares key points on how you can start a difficult conversation about school shootings with your children.

Here are some of her tips:

• Keeping them in a routine can be helpful.

• Start the conversation.

• Let them talk and ask them open-ended questions.

• Find ways to engage in a conversation, for example, going on a walk, going out for ice cream, etc.

• Ask children if there is something they would like to do for Uvalde, perhaps make cards, paint a picture or gather items to donate.

• Engage with your children by going into their space to talk, face-to-face.

Dr. Lulu reminds us that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. She encourages parents to allow themselves to be vulnerable.

“Cry if you need to. Let your child see you going through the motions,” Dr. Lulu said.

If you would like to reach out to Dr. Lulu, she offers life coaching for parents. She helps families struggling with teen depression and other challenges. Dr. Lulu is also the author of four books.

About the Author:

Jennifer Tobias-Struski loves her hometown of San Antonio, and is proud to celebrate it every day working on SA Live. The Emmy-Award winning producer hosts the Mom-Day series, featuring fun, family-themed segments from crafting to fashion hacks every Monday.