Top Ten Ways to Help Children Deal with Disasters

Top Ten Ways to Help Children Deal with Disasters

With the recent disaster buzzing all over the radio, television, and people’s mouth’s, it’s kind of hard not to hide scary information from your child. Resulting in possible nightmares and the concern for the safety of their family. What are some ways we can help soothe their fears?


10. When a child comes to you with questions, ask them what they know about it, then fill in the blanks.


9. Hearing about these disasters can have your child question their own, or their loved ones safety. Assure them that you are doing everything you can to ensure their safety.


8.  For children under 8, it’s good to limit media exposure directly after a disaster. Seeing the images over and over again can be very scary, even though it’s far away. 

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7. The news and TV in general can be graphic and scary, parents should watch TV with their children and be there to share reactions and talk about mis-information.




6. Children 8 – 12 will most likely be interested in the science part of it as well. So explaining how the disaster happens from a scientific point of view might make them feel more in control. 



5. Talk with your child when you’re calm. Children often reflect how you feel. 




4.  If your child is really upset and concerned, helping them focus their emotions in a good way can be a good way to cope. Maybe help them start a fundraiser, write a letter of support, donate, or go to church and pray. 




3. The younger the child is, the more Information should be monitored. Even though your answers should be simple and direct, they should also be honest. If a child asks a question you don’t know the answer to, do your best to find out the answer. 

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2. Watch your child’s mood and behavior. After seeing and hearing footage about a disaster, your child may seem irritable, or may have nightmares, or trouble sleeping. Know your child’s stress or regression may be related to this. 




1. Don’t hesitate to get more help if you need it. Talk to your child’s pediatrician if your child is still upset and you don’t know what to do. 

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What are some ways you are helping your child cope with disaster?

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2 responses to “Top Ten Ways to Help Children Deal with Disasters

  1. Nice post. I appreciated the age breakdowns especially.

  2. I love that you thought of childrens reactions to the awful tsunami in Japan. We don't always think how something outside their realm can affect our kids. I lwas living in NYC in 9/11 and worked theraputecially with kids. The filling in their blanks method was the most effective at allaying their fears and empowering them with information formatted for their maturity level.

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