We here at Maine Parents are reeling and processing deep grief with our community. We want you to know that you are not alone. Parenting when terrible and unfathomable things like the shootings in Lewiston happen can be some of the heaviest lifting we do as parents. It is important to do what we can to calm our own nervous systems as we provide support for our children. This can mean lots of things. For some people this will mean playing an online game. For others it might be reading a good book or watching a favorite movie. If possible, it might help to build in gentle exercise, fresh air and good food. Of course, sometimes these things are not options – especially given the extensive shelter-in-place orders that have followed the events on Wednesday night.

To help process the challenging conversations related to this hard time, here are some resources:

To help support your own nervous system, here are some resources:

Sending love and light to you all.

Maine Parents