Caring for Kids After Traumatic Events

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Sometimes it's hard to know what to say and do for your kids in the wake of a traumatic event. Here are a few tips for caring for children after a traumatic event:

  • Provide children with opportunities to talk, but don't pressure them to speak - offer to listen when and if they are ready.
  • Allow kids to discuss their fears and concerns, offer comfort and assure them they are safe.
  • Answer questions appropriate for their age - keep it simple, and don't offer more information than is needed. It's ok if you don't know the answers.
  • Maintain consistent routines and discipline as much as possible.
  • Parents and caregivers should care for themselves as well, and reach out for help if needed.

We have a few additonal resources listed below, including some our professional counselor shared specifically for parents and educators. Please reach out to someone if you need help. 

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