As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Making your own physical, mental, and social-emotional health your priority will help you support family, friends, and neighbors as they do the same.
For both adults and children, processing occurrences of mass tragedy and natural disaster is a sensitive, highly individual, complex, and usually lifelong process. As the greater Nashville community lives in the wake of Tuesday morning’s tornadoes, which devastated our city, and as we are barraged with media drawing our attention to injuries, deaths, destruction and trauma, many parents and caregivers wonder about how best to talk to or support their children.
Children experience all the highs, lows, mysteries, stressors, worries and joys of any human life, no matter their age. A child may feel, process, and express their emotion differently than an adult, but the core emotion carries the same (or heavier) weight in a child’s soul as it does in an adult’s.