Helping your child through something upsetting can feel overwhelming, but here are 4 easy steps to start calming and reassuring your child.
H - Hear what your child is saying about what has scared them. Familiar, everyday events can be new but frightening to children. TV, movies and stories they hear can make them feel that their world is unsafe. Listen to what they're saying to you.
E - Emotion. A crisis
creates its own energy
L - Love and reassurance. Children need to be comforted with an adult's loving presence. They need to be reassured that they are OK and that the adults are working to correct the situation and make things safe again. Tell children they are not alone, and that you will help them through this.
P - Practice with
your child how they can stay safe. Play "what if" games
such as "what if the house caught on fire?" Help your
child think in advance about what they should do in a frightening
situation. Teach children how to get help, such as dialing "911".
Give children tools and resources which will help reassure them
that they are not powerless in a crisis.
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