Parental responses are very important in helping children cope with the aftermath of trauma.
- It is crucial not to be angry or blame the child.
- Keep communicating. Talk about what is happening and how the child is feeling.
- Reassure the child that they are safe and will be cared for.
- List and talk to them about the experience. Honest open discussion is usually best.
- Some children will require extra encouragement or special attention, particularly at night and bedtime.
- Encourage expressions of emotions as they are part of the healing process.
- Support the child and allow them time to work through it.
- Do things as a family. Make time for rewarding and enjoyable things together.
- Keep family roles clear. Don’t expect children to take too much responsibility, but equally, do not become too overprotective.
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