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Colorado shooting: How parents can find balance with teenagers

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(Read caption) The crowd listens to speakers on July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's shooting at a movie theater during which 12 people were killed and 58 were injured.

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Just a few days ago you would not have thought twice about your child’s request to spend the day at the movies with his friends. Perhaps you have already approved this plan. Now, you are anxious and stressed. You don’t want to disappoint your son or even worse make him feel the anxiety and fear that you are currently experiencing. You are left, however, feeling stuck in a real quandary.

Since the shootings in Aurora, Colo., you now have one more concern regarding your child’s safety to consider.

In reality you are indeed a rational and intelligent individual. You know that as time passes the fear and anxiety about allowing your kids to go to the movies will  quell. Your concerns, however, are not so far fetched. It is not uncommon for there to be a succession of "copy cat" incidents after a major incident such as this occurs.

We all remember Columbine. In the aftermath of that tragedy, there were a series of similar incidents and near incidents reported. Indeed, stories of kids making threats to attack their schools or episodes of kids carrying weapons to school still make the local and, on occasion, the national news.

So, what is a parent to do? How can you create a balance between overprotective parenting and a rational response to the recent tragedy?

Here are a few things to consider:


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