Helping Kids Deal With Trauma

Today, yet another mass killing took place at a Texas church.  One of those was the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor.  You may be asking, “How do I  help my child deal with public trauma?”

  • First, recognize your own response to the event. What can you do to minimize the trauma for yourself? Talk with a friend and share your experience on how it affects each of you. If you are in a panic mode your kids will follow
  • Don’t assume your children are dealing with the same issues. Kids have different ways of viewing things that are age appropriate.
  • You don’t have to have a training session with them. Let THEM ask questions and then do your best to answer them appropriately according to their age. Invite them to ask questions.
  • Reassure them that you are there for them as is God.
  • Pray with them. You might pray for those other families and children who may be affected.
  • Don’t allow the news to be seen or heard after the initial reports. Many children, as well as adults, were traumatized when the videos of the World Trade Center Towers fell in 2001.
  • Keep politics out of the equation. It may add to their fears.
  • Give your kids plenty of hugs.

There are numerous helpful sources during a time like this.  I have listed two below.

If you have found this post to be helpful, please like and pass it along.  Thank you.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Sesame Street is teaching kids of all ages how to cope with traumatic experiences

Let’s continue to pray for those affected by trauma and those who work with them to bring peace to their hearts.

© 2017 Wally Johnston

 

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