Your Child in Times of Tragedy

In times of tragedy, be mindful of what information our children are hearing or are exposed to – directly and indirectly. Even if they are older, they are still processing all the information they are hearing – from social media, school, TV, etc. They may act out or be overly needy.
Children who are highly sensitive and intuitive may be picking up on your heightened anxiety. We need to put our own fears and anxiousness aside and comfort our children.
Turn the TV off. Put your phone down.
HUG your children. Make eye contact, and deeply listen to them. Offer encouragement like “Everything is going to be okay.” “I’m here for you.” “We’ll get through this together.”  Board games, puzzles, drawing, colouring, singing, reading or extra snuggles are great ways to connect.