Helping Children Cope With Frightening News
Source: Child Mind Institute
Resource Type: Documents and Print Media
When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the same. As a parent, you can’t protect you children from grief, but you can help them express their feelings, comfort them, help them feel safer, and teach them how to deal with fear. By allowing and encouraging them to express their feelings, you can help them build healthy coping skills that will serve them well in the future, and confidence that they can overcome adversity. This guide addresses what parents can do to aid scared kids in processing grief and fear in a healthy way.