Earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks. In any disaster, one of the earliest casualties is our children’s sense of safety and security. That can be true even if the disaster is on the other side of the globe. No matter how hard we may try to protect them from shocking news, children hear about traumatic events at school and glimpse disturbing images on phones or televisions. They can also feel shock waves of sorrow, anger, and fear reverberating from us. So how can we comfort and empower our children?
Children’s advocate Fred Rogers passed along the advice his mother would give him after traumatic events: “Always look for the helpers” (in Fred Rogers and Barry Head, Mister Rogers Talks with Parents , 183). We can also teach our children to look for “the Helper”—a loving Heavenly Father whose helping hand is always stretched out to His children. This month’s Friend can help families cope during those inevitable times when disaster strikes.
After a terrorist attack, a child feels comforted and empowered when she helps her neighborhood raise money for injured firefighters.
This page gives lots of ideas for serving others in the wake of an illness or disaster.
These activities remind children that they can always pray to Heavenly Father, including when they’re frightened or sad.
Help everyone feel more secure by making or updating your emergency kit.