We are all disturbed by the news. As parents, are tasked with dealing with our own emotions while also helping our children process their emotions.
Often we ask ourselves:
How do we speak to our children about what’s happening now?
What’s too much to share with younger children?
What’s too little?
How should I prepare my older children for returning to school?
When talking to your children about violence or trauma in the news, there are a few things to be mindful of:
1. Let your child lead the conversation: Allow children to tell you what they have heard. Allow them to ask questions and to express their feelings. Be sure to validate their feelings, especially if they tell you they are scared, sad or angry.
2. Keep your conversation age-appropriate: Be aware of how children of different ages respond: a 4 year old's needs are very different from a teenager.
3. Limit access to the news and social media.
4. Continue to check in and watch their emotional state. If necessary, seek the assistance of a mental health professional.
5. Do something to show your support.
Donate to a charity.
Volunteer your time.
As a family, talk about the event and what it means to all of you.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's well-being, please reach out to a mental health specialist. If you don't know one, reach out to me and I will try to assist you.
Call anytime to speak to me about your child's sleep or behavior challenges.
Sweet Dreams! 😴👶