Posted November 5th, 2012
Parents often try to filter what their children see and hear about devastating events like Hurricane Sandy, but no parent can shield them completely from the conversation. While an overload of information can be traumatic for children, parents can help them to see the event through a telescope that takes them beyond the fearfulness. Parent Action for Healthy Kids releases these concepts for parents to consider when discussing Hurricane Sandy with their children.
Bad things do happen. However, instead of focusing on all of the destruction we can help our children to see that there are many caring people who are working to make the situation better. Sit down together and make a list of all the people who are helping.
Help children think about their community and how we depend on each other. People like police officers, firefighters, the store clerk, and all the people who work at the hospitals, schools, and churches help to maintain a strong community. Consider having your child write a thank you note to some of these people for the work that they do.
The material and financial losses from this event are enormous but in interview after interview of people who lost everything, most said how grateful they are to be alive. Use this event to explain to children that people matter more than things. Help them reflect on things and people in their lives and talk about which is more important.
Finally, doing our part provides us with a sense of belonging. Help is on its way to the victims of Hurricane Sandy because so many are doing their part. Parents can discuss with their children how they can help in this instance as well as in their own community. No matter what the age, everyone can do something to reach out and be a good friend, neighbor and member of the community.
Visit www.redcross.org to contribute to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.