Aurora, Penn State and the Fine Line Between Tragedy and Commerce

Two of the most horrific tragedies in recent memory have dominated the news cycle of late. I’m speaking, of course, about the Aurora shooting and the scandal at Penn State. And as a parent, one of my greatest struggles is determining how best to broach such topics with my children. While I’ve given the matter plenty of thought, I’m afraid my official policy is still a bit fuzzy.

In my defense, four of my five are way too young to discuss such topics. The triplets are only four and our baby just turned one. But our ten-year-old is coming of age right before my very eyes, and whenever such stories break, it’s her I worry about most.

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