When life events happen that can be alarming or even traumatizing, it is important to follow up with open communication with your child. Here are a few things to consider as you have these conversations.
- Be a calming influence. Your reaction will impact your child’s reaction.
- Allow your children to have a conversation where they are able to share their experiences.
- Validate their feelings. Reiterate safety. Most children need to feel safe and heard.
- Monitor what your child sees and hears surrounding the event, in person and online.
- Speak to your child about the event and provide accurate information in language appropriate for his or her age.
After these conversations, if you notice your child dealing with unresolved emotions or struggling to process what happened, seek professional guidance with a mental health provider.