Parenting is a Journey
An Adventure of Discovery Not Only of our Children But of Ourselves as Well
Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
My children are clingier since they heard about the fires in Northern California and smelled the smoke. They also worry that they will be killed if we go to a ball game since they heard about the mass shootings in Las Vegas and from kids at school. How can I help them feel safe in a world that I don’t think is safe?
Unfortunately many people have experienced fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, accidents, death of a loved one, violent acts and racial profiling. Also, immigrant families frequently suffer from not knowing what will happen next and if they will be safe living here. If you’re not feeling safe (like so many of us), talk to friends, relatives or a professional. As adults we need to process our fears and be prepared to handle our reactions to events so we can be fully present for the children in our lives. Many of the suggestions below can be of help to adults as well.
Here are suggestions as you consider what your child needs. All children are different, and you know your child better than anyone, so consider these and adapt them based on temperament, age and personality.
https://www.childrennow.org/parenting-resources & https://www.safekids.org/
Rona Renner, RN (“Nurse Rona”), is a nurse, a parent educator and a temperament specialist. You can learn more about her at www.nurserona.com.