Talking to Your Kids about the Floods #NebraskaStrong
As you’re recovering from the floods, keep in mind that your kids may need extra reassurance at this time. Set aside time to talk with your children about what they see and hear about the disaster.
The age and maturity of the child should guide how much and the type of information you share about the disaster.
Give younger children fewer details about the disaster, and listen to the child’s questions and answer them. Like adults, children have a variety of reactions after disasters. Children may be scared, worried, upset, have sleep problems, or feel sick.
Younger children may believe an event is happening again if they see it repeated on TV, so lessening their exposure to repeated images of the disaster is recommended.
Children learn from adults how to react to the disaster. But take heart – most children will be fine with support from family and friends. Children of all ages need comfort and attention from the adults in their lives after events like this. Limiting children’s exposure to media may lessen everyone’s stress.
We are here for you. Call the Nebraska Family Helpline, 1-888-866-8660, the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 #NebraskaStrong