Part of explaining trauma to a child is attentively listening to what he or she is going through. Not only will this tell your child that you care for his or her well-being, but it might also give you hints and clues on how to better handle the issue and what exactly your child needs from you.
Ask them how they are
Along the lines of listening, you should also ask them how they are. Asking them how they are not only gives you an idea of where they are emotionally, mentally, and psychologically, but it also allows them to verbalize and process their feelings for themselves.
Assure them it’s not their fault
After a traumatic event, a child might end up blaming themselves. They might think that they are at fault. It is important to reassure them that this is not the case.
Communicate as a family
One-on-one conversations are important. However, communicating as a family is important too. This allows everyone to voice out their opinions, concerns, and feelings about the event. This not only fosters togetherness, but it also helps the entire family care for one another.
Explain to your child what trauma is
If you think your child is old enough, you can choose to explain to him or her what trauma is. This can help them understand what they are going through and that it is completely normal. This helps to avoid any feelings of confusion or distress that they might have.
Give them a creative outlet
While young children may not be able to clearly express themselves through words, creative outlets like drawing can help them cope. In addition, activities like drawing and roleplaying with toys can provide parents and experts insight of how trauma has affected a child.
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