To have a healthy city, you have to have healthy families and healthy children. Folks say what a difference Families First has made in their lives. Families First points them in the right direction, on the right path, to a better future.
– Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino
Responding to the Boston Marathon Attack
Families First has always discussed topics like domestic, community, and media violence in our workshops; sadly, it is part of the landscape of too many children’s lives. Following the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon, we have pulled together a series of tips from our curriculum and from other experts to help families know what to expect next. As shock makes way to grief, our number one priority as an organization is to help children cope—in their families, in their schools, and in their community.
Parents ask, “What should I do in the face of such a terrible event?” Your children may react differently (or seemingly not at all) depending on their age and personality. You know your children best, but here are a few guidelines...
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