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Helping children understand the WI Gurdwara tragedy

Sikh children attend a vigil at the California State Capitol last night in Sacramento in memory of the victims of the Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting  (source: Harjot Singh Hundal)

Sikh children attend a vigil at the California State Capitol last night in Sacramento in memory of the victims of the Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting (source: Harjot Singh Hundal)

During the week, I was interviewed by the editor of masalamommas.com Anjum Choudhry Nayyar, in which she discusses the use of social media by mothers to help children deal with the tragic shooting last week at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:

Many of us, as moms, can play a role in raising awareness about different cultures and tolerance right here in our own homes. While time isn’t always on our side, common sense is. If we can arm our children with the knowledge they need to talk to someone bullying another over religion or differences, or if we can help our children understand what it means to Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish or any other faith, it can only help that other child grow up with, hopefully, with a different perspective. I sincerely believe unless education begins in the home, that next generation will simply repeat its previous generations mistakes.

At the bottom of the article, there are a couple of resources to help parents support their children. Also, the Sikh Coalition has provided information about strategies to use when helping your child understand the tragedy.

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