Here are some helpful resources to help your children better cope with current world events.

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Reputable resources to help you know what to say to your kids during this worldwide crisis

Life is scary right now, even for us adults.

Imagine what our kids are feeling. Even though they might let on that they are fine, we should never assume that they don’t need us to explain what’s going on so they don’t begin to draw their own conclusions

And as this is something NONE of us have been through, it can be hard to find the answers as a parent. What should I say to my teen, or tween? How can I make sure their emotional health is okay right now?

Here are some reputable resources on how to help your kids cope with what’s happening.

Also, check out my post – 5 Things to Discuss with Your Kids About Current Events, which goes a little more in-depth on the faith and motherhood side of things.

I also provide a Printable Kids Journal to help children better express their feelings.

CDC – Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

National Association of School Psychologists – Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

New York Times – Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus

National Public Radio (NPR) – Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/pep20-01-01-006_508_0.pdf

The National Child and Traumatic Stress Network

https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/pandemic-resources

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Hillary Gruener is a wife, mother, writer, and musician. If she's not at her desk writing content on family life, she's adventuring the world with her husband and two boys.

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