The beginning of the new week.
What are you doing for yourself to look after your ‘Mum Energy’ today?
For me it’s my morning run with the dogs and being up to see views like this.
When there is scary times like earthquakes it is real important that you still look after yourself.
Kids are scared too, and they take their cues from you. So in the middle of the uncertainty and nervousness this morning, take time to breathe.
When a large earthquake happens, everyone’s feeling of safety is undermined. Reassure children in your care that you will help keep them safe. You can help by re-establishing daily routines as soon as possible and reminding children about your safety plan.
Children might become confused and fearful and they might not be able to understand or process their feelings. Helping children feel safe takes time and patience and reassurance from the important adults in their lives. When children are scared, such as during an earthquake, they also want to be with people who help them feel safe and they might worry when they are not together.
How do children react and what should I do?
All children are different and will show stress in a different way. It is common for children to revert to behaviours they have previously grown out of eg, sucking their thumb, wetting themselves, becoming clingy.
How children react will depend on their experience of the quake, their age, their understanding of what has happened, parental support, the degree of change and loss and their exposure to media. As adults, we like to watch the TV and Internet to keep abreast of all the news, but you may need to limit this when your children are around.
Keep safe, and talk to your kids teachers, if they are worried about the Earthquake, and you thing they need some extra support.