Parents, pay close attention to your children’s emotional well-being. Pay attention to your child’s questions and let them know that you are there to listen. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Be honest with your answers to your children’s questions, but don’t provide more information than necessary.
- Validate your children’s feelings. They may be feeling scared, confused, or angry.
- Provide opportunities for your children to talk and explore other outlets for them to express themselves like drawing or playing.
- Limit exposure to media.
- Avoid irrational promises like, “This won’t happen again.”
- Maintain the same daily schedule as possible (e.g., bedtime rituals).
- Ensure that your children are eating healthy food, exercising, and maintaining healthy sleep patterns.
Watch for Behavior Changes in Your Children
Children may cry more, act out, have some regressive behavior like bed-wetting, or show other changes in demeanor. These are normal stress responses and are usually temporary. Reassure your children that you are there for them. Watch for physical symptoms like stress-related stomach aches and head aches. To learn more about helping children cope with emergencies click here.