Trauma:  Helping Children Cope

Trauma: Helping Children Cope

After any disaster, (school violence, hurricane, floods, fire, earthquakes, acts of terrorism, physical or sexual violence, and so on) children are afraid that the event will happen again, that they or someone they love will be hurt or killed, that they may be separated from those they love and be left alone. Following are ways that you can help children cope with trauma. Most of these suggestions come from the children’s book Jenny is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World by Carol Shuman (Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2003).

Children Grieve Too!

It's okay to cry. It's okay not to cry. Just like adults, each child is unique and copes with grief in her or his own unique way. Children may go through some of the same stages of grief as adults - shock, denial, depression, anger, fear, bargaining and acceptance....

Establish The Habit

If you want your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or other young people to be a sensitive caring person when they grow up to be an adult, this June 25th radio show with provide you with some guidelines on how to establish the caregiving habit.

Change Bad News into Good News!

When we turn on our TVs or open our newspapers, we can be overwhelmed by the bad news. The news is filled with stories of war, murder, broken families, leaking radiation from nuclear plants and on and on the dark news goes. It is easy to feel pessimistic and think,...