The night bombs scarred my son’s dreams
The other night I was surprised to see my seven-year-old son walk out of bed, shivering, crying and barely able to speak.
Calming down after 10 minutes, he said that he was getting regular nightmares about bomb blasts.
India has seen a series of bombings in recent years, this year serial blasts have rocked three major cities.
At least 16 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad on July 26, a day after blasts in the southern Indian city of Bangalore killed one person and injured several.
Television channels have flashed footage of the bombings time and again and my son has asked me endless questions like “why do people set off bombs and kill”?
I consulted a child psychologist the other day, who gave me a patient hearing and said my son was probably getting panic attacks. He advised me to take him for a counselling session as a precautionary measure.
This incident got me thinking about the effects of violence in children and I wonder how people have been coping with this problem.
A colleague asked me to keep my son away from the television for a while.
Is this the only solution? I am still searching for answers.