Free Virtual Session: Supporting Parents of Young Children Through Trauma, Loss and Transitions

Parenting young children is challenging enough, especially with a year filled with so much uncertainty. The pandemic, natural disasters, and the country’s political division have magnified stress and anxiety for families.
Join us for a free parent support session on May 4th, 2021 from 7-8:30 pm PST

 

Resources and Tips on:
  • Easing children’s fear and anxiety
  • Fostering healthy relationships at home
  • Therapeutic play and coping strategies
  • Self-care techniques 

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Resources to Help Kids Cope with Trauma Associated to Terrorism

Resources to Help Kids Cope With Trauma Associated to Terrorism

The moment I heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris, I knew that once again children were being exposed to trauma. Adults will be glued to televisions, tablets and smart phones to get the latest updates of this horrific event. They will have conversations with other adults on the soccer field, coffee shops and over the phone. Our security and safety has once again been jeopardize and we begin to think, what if it happens here?

We may not even realize that watching the news coverage or talking to others about it, that we are exposing kids to trauma, fear and anxiety. I think that it is important to have conversations with children about what is happening in the world, but to do so in appropriate doses and using language that they will be able to understand. You also want to reassure them of their safety, validate their feelings and give them opportunities to process these events in various modalities.

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Here are some great articles to help ease the fear associated to trauma and terrorism:

How to Help Your Child Deal With the Anxieties of Terrorism

How Much News Coverage is OK for Children?

Understanding Child Traumatic Stress

Terrorism: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Kids About Tragic News Stories

My deepest condolences to the victims and their families in France. My heart is heavy and I will be sending love and prayers your way.