In this time of sadness, we must remain strong especially for the kids who were traumatized. Here are eight tips to help kids deal with trauma:
- Empathetic listening – be empathetic to what the kids have been through. Put yourself in their shoes.
- Be a good listener – listen to your kids both verbally and non-verbally.
- Be honest – be honest and open, but age appropriate. Remember, age is just a number; know the child’s maturity level and how much they can handle.
- Situation is temporary and they are safe – let the child know the situation is temporary and they are doing everything in their power to make sure everyone is safe.
- Allow time for a Q&A – talking out in the open is an important way to cope.
- Healing takes time/comfort as much as you can – it takes time to heal/comfort. Give the kids time to heal and be as warm as possible and comfort them as they heal.
- Try to keep a sense of normalcy and routine. Don’t make any sudden or drastic changes, if possible.
- Watch your own behavior. If your kids see you upset and stressed, they will become more stressed. Kids are visual learners so watch your behaviors.