Tips to Keep Kids Calm During Crisis
Between personal lives and the crazy things going on in the world around us, kids go through a lot of tough times. When your child is upset or stressed from these events all you want as a parent is to help. However, every child recognizes and handles crisis differently. But there are similarities in how to help. So, today I’m sharing some tips you can use to keep your kids calm during crisis times like today.
In order to best help each child, you have to find an understanding of how they react to each negative emotion. Pay attention to kids’ changes in behavior or activity following a hard time or traumatic event. Understanding this gives you a baseline so that you can find ways to deal with a child’s specific reactions.
What you expose your child to through your own actions and words can cause or enhance negative reactions to the crisis. For example, your child will notice when you’re showing severe stress and feel worried or stressed as well. The same goes for media interactions and exposure, often news or certain media are too harsh for children.
Give Them Time
Sometimes a child needs your time or time alone to best handle a stressful situation. Give them a listening ear when they need it as best you can, or try to set aside time to spend with your child either talking or enjoying shared activities. If they need space, let them have some. This helps strengthen your bond and gives a child security.
Teach Coping Methods
Coping methods are incredibly helpful to understand for all aspects of life. Help your child find a way to cope with emotions by encouraging the expression of these feelings in healthy ways. Some ideas of coping methods include fidgeting or toys, writing, creating art, crafting, listening to or creating music, and much more.
Make or Keep Routines
Routine helps to create a sense of safety for most children. Now, this doesn’t mean strict routines. Routine can be as simple as setting aside certain times of day for meals, shared time walks, or other staples. Creating and sticking to these routines makes days easier and helps a child have some normalcy during hard times.
Help With Understanding
Sometimes kids can feel stressed or unsure during times of crisis simply because of not understanding what’s going on or feeling left out from the big picture. It’s a good idea to help your child understand situations going on or explain some of the crisis, but make sure to keep things simple and positive. Put everything into perspective.
There are so many ways that you can help to make traumatic or stressful events and situations much easier for your children. These are a great baseline that should help with kids regardless of age or specific needs, and hopefully, the rest will come along on its own. Stay safe, stay positive, and best of luck to all of the families struggling out there. Working together will help work through the crisis in the best way possible.
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