Hit with this news, children, particularly the younger ones, are bombarded with emotions, questions, fear, and uncertainty. At a time when Nepal’s tragedy is, unfortunately, becoming commonplace, how do parents help kids process it all while reassuring them they’re safe and secure?
5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Catastrophes Like the Nepal Earthquake and Teach Them the Power of Gratitude and Giving
- Ask them what they have heard. This way, you can clarify any misconceptions they may have.
- Explain the situation in age-appropriate terms.
- While acknowledging the tragedy of the situation, try focusing on the fact that your kids are safe and are in a position to help those in need.
- Brainstorm with them ways they can help (e.g., donating money, clothes, canned food, even drawing pictures to mail with donations — this is a very uplifting exercise for both the little sender and recipient.)
- To reassure them and promote the power of gratitude, ask the kids to think of five things for which they’re grateful. You can repeat this step whenever necessary.
“People will need considerable support including food, water, medical care and emergency shelter.”
~Jagan Chapagain, Red Cross
Tuned in parent Candice Pirali is hosting a Toronto Bakes for Nepal event tomorrow! It’s a grand event to get the whole family involved, which means plenty of fun and entertainment for the kids, too! 50% of retail proceeds and 100% of bake sale proceeds benefit Red Cross Nepalese Emergency Relief Fund.
To donate now to the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund click here.