Unfortunately for our families, school shootings seem to be happening every where and more frequently than ever. The other day there was a scam call about a shooter being in a building on the campus of St. John's Prep. Even these fake calls create the trauma of having to hide under cover and and pray. Today, so many children have to deal with this trauma and many families don't know how to deal with their healing process. These kids need help putting it behind them and enabling them to thrive as a whole person.
So many school shootings have left an unbelievable impact on the emotional well-being of children all over this "Free" country!
This trauma not only affects our children, it also affects the whole family! The constant fear and anxiety they deal with every day can take a toll on them physically and emotionally. Be sure to keep an eye on your children and watch for these signs that they are struggling.
Watch for signs of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, or anxiety. Irritability and mood swings are serious signs that your child may be struggling.
Is your child having trouble sleeping? Having nightmares or dealing with Insomnia?
Behavioral changes, such as increased aggression, increased social isolation, avoiding places they used to enjoy or even a decline in their grades and ability to concentrate.
Physical symptoms may arise such as headaches, stomachaches, loss of appetite, or changes in their eating habits. Many complain of being tired all the time, and not able to concentrate. Some kids may become aggressive or regress back to bedwetting, thumb-sucking, or clinging to parents more than usual.
Some children may develop emotional numbing and may appear detached or indifferent to situations that they used to enjoy.
So, how can we help our kids deal with trauma?
1. Create a safe and open environment, encouraging communication. Create a
safe space for sharing their feelings and worries. It is important they know it's okay to talk about how they are feeling.
2. Validate their feelings by letting them know their reactions are normal and OK
3. Listen actively by giving your child your full attention. Don't judge, criticize and do not interrupt. Let them know you hear them!
4. Reassure your child that they are safe and it is natural to feel scared or anxious. Assure them that you will do everything you can to keep them safe. 5. Keep your regular routines and schedule as much as possible. This helps provide a sense of stability and security for children in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
These traumatic events have left an indelible mark on kids. We must prioritize their mental health and well-being, continuing to ensure them that they have a support systems in place to heal. Most importantly...That they are not alone.
It Takes A Village!
Sending healing love and prayers
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