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5 Ways to Calm Kids' Fears About Hurricane Sandy


Tips from the editors of popular kids' magazine Highlights on helping kids who are scared of storms feel safe during Hurricane Sandy.

Honesdale, PA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Children who live in the path of Hurricane Sandy may be experiencing fear or anxiety about the storm. Even those who live outside the affected area may worry about loved ones on the East Coast. (After all, most adults are worried, too!) Here are a few tips from the editors of Highlights magazine for helping kids manage their fears:

(1) Listen. Listening is probably the most important thing we can do when children are feeling anxious. Some kids want to better understand what is happening. Some are worried about specific possibilities that you can then address, like what you will do if the power goes out.

(2) Inform. Kids are great observers, but they don't always know how to interpret the things they hear. You can calm worries by providing a simple description of what may happen and how you plan to handle it. (For example, “When the winds kick up, we may lose power. We have lots of flashlights, books and food that we can use until the workers from the power company are able to restore electricity to our house.”)

(3) Keep normal routines. While it is important to stay informed, recognize that if you have the television on all day, it can heighten tension for children. When possible, keep up with normal routines like doing your chores, playing games together and eating meals.

(4) Share your own feelings. It is often reassuring for children to know that what they feel is normal. Sometimes, as adults, our urge is to shelter our kids from our own concerns. However, they often pick up on those feelings anyway. If you are feeling nervous, it's OK to share that, but also let kids know how you manage those feelings and put them in a bigger context. It can be reassuring for kids to think about all the people who offer assistance during weather emergencies.

(5) Let kids help. Giving kids a job can help them feel more secure with your emergency plan. They can help gather batteries and flashlights, put together food, clean up around the house or perform other storm preparations.

Our thoughts are with all of those in the path of this historic storm; we hope you will be safe, dry and in the company of loved ones.

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