City of San Antonio to host free seminars for parents on dealing with grief and tragedy amid Uvalde shooting

SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio wants to help parents talk with their children about dealing with tragedy and grief amid the shooting at a school in Uvalde.

Weeks after the Robb Elementary shooting, many parents or guardians may still be struggling to talk with their children about what happened.

“No child is born with a manual. There’s no book you get at the hospital that says, ‘this is what you do in all these different situations,]” Brea said. Moore, Triple P Parenting Specialist.

San Antonio Metro Health and the Triple P Parenting Program will be hosting two free virtual seminars this week in hopes of helping parents communicate with their children about tragic events.

“Parents are always looking for more information on how to build resilience. Even before the shooting in Uvalde, there were children losing loved ones to COVID,” Moore said.

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The seminars are called “After the tragedy”. They provide parents with actionable information to answer children’s difficult questions, make sense of their children’s reactions, and help their children resolve their distress.

“To navigate these difficult conversations, to resolve their children’s distress, and also to be able to identify what grief in children can look like,” Moore said.

The seminar is open to all families, especially parents, guardians and carers of children aged 0-12. Moore said trained counselors will lead the seminars and answer questions from parents. A seminar in English will take place on Tuesday and one in Spanish on Wednesday, both from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It helps with the development of social skills, the development of emotional skills, but if a parent is able to create a positive learning environment, then their child is better able to develop other skills,” Moore said. With many children returning to school soon, Moore said now was a good time to have some tough conversations.

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We definitely wanted to get this information out to parents before kids go back to school so parents can feel confident and they can feel safe to be able to have these conversations with their kids,” Moore said. “As the kids are back in school, just to keep that line of communication open so parents know what they can do to help their kids feel safe.”

The Triple P Parenting Program helps all parents learn skills to make parenting easier so families can spend more time having fun and less time dealing with behavioral issues.

Parents are the first to teach healthy relationships, set boundaries, and learn to recognize our emotions.

“If a parent is able to create a positive learning environment, then their child is better able to develop other skills because they feel safe. It’s a safe environment to grow and experiment, to be curious about the world,” Moore said. “We really talk a lot about building that relationship and making sure parents are focused on meeting their child wherever they are.”

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Click here for more information on how to register for this week’s After the Tragedy seminars.

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