LCU Professor, Dr. Beth Robinson, Helping Families Cope with Sandy Hook TragedyJan. 14, 2013
Dr. Beth Robinson is helping others in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut by blogging tips for parents as they teach their kids to cope with the tragedy. Kids have so many questions, and adults do not always have ready answers. She reports that her blog, found at www.drbethrobinson.com, is being hit more than 1000 times a day as people reach out for help with those answers and strategies.
In one of her entries, Dr. Robinson aligns herself with Mr. Fred Rogers’ sage advice from many years ago: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Dr. Robinson says, “A final strategy to help your children feel safe is to tell the stories of the heroes of Sandy Hook Elementary. Don’t let your kids dwell on the shooter and deaths of the children. Tell your students the stories of the heroic children and teachers who saved the lives of others. There are many more stories of heroism than we generally tell.”
She has it right. Many people need the quick and simple advice that gets to the heart of the problem. It is what she can do. Many of us feel like we need to do something, yet we don’t’ know what. It is grace and beauty offered to a dark world. It reminds us of that light that came into the world so many years ago, the Word made flesh.
Beth Robinson, Ed.D., is Assistant Provost and Graduate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University. Dr. Robinson is a licensed professional counselor, and approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors, and a certified school counselor. Since 1992, Dr. Robinson has worked in a variety counseling positions. She currently has a private practice specializing in traumatized children.