So far 2020 has been a very stressful year. Pandemic. People out of work. The death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Stock market ups and downs. Racism struggles. Police brutality and the murder of George Floyd and others. Unemployment. Riots. There are many reasons for kids to NOT feel safe and secure.
Many would say 2020 has been the most stressful year in their entire life.
When parents are going through tough times, kids pick up on it and can become stressed out as well.
Fear can come from catching a small glimpse of the news, overhearing conversations between teens or adults and seeing what their parents post and read in social media.
It is common for kids to pick up on these things and become fearful during these crazy times.
So how can we help our children feel safe and secure during all of this? Here are some steps.
Monitor how much exposure kids have to the news. While most protests and riots have been peaceful, many have not. Media is showing images of fires, looting and violence.
Children do not have the emotional security to understand what they are seeing and it can lead to fear, insecurity and sadness.
Talk with kids. It’s important to talk with children about what they are seeing and hearing in an age appropriate way. Help them understand what is happening. If you don’t, they will try to fill in the blanks themselves and may come to scary and frightening conclusions in their mind. They may even think someone is coming to get them.
Source: Church Leaders