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Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

Why Teaching Your Child Resilience Is So Important For Emergency Prep

When I think of the term “resilience" as it relates to children, I often think of a rafting trip I went on a while back. At one point during the journey, the guide led us to a series of tall rocks and cliffs and asked if anyone would like to jump off. A number of adults opted in, as did a handful of children who had accompanied their parents.

I watched as the parents made sure the kids’ lifejackets were secure. I watched as they dispensed careful advice about how to jump, how to land, and how to hold their lifejackets down so they wouldn’t get knocked in the face upon impact. But the thing that really struck me in that moment was that the parents could do nothing once their child’s feet left the cliff. It was all up to the child at that point. He or she would have to jump out far enough, stay upright, land feet-down, and hold on to his or her jacket. The parent, at that point, was rendered helpless.
3 Essential Tips for Talking To Your Kids About Natural Disasters

3 Essential Tips for Talking To Your Kids About Natural Disasters

As a psychologist, I’ve talked to many mothers and fathers who share a common concern: should parents talk to their children about natural disasters and catastrophic events? Isn’t it too frightening and overwhelming for them to process? But here’s the thing: While not talking to your child about these things may shield them from worrisome thoughts in the moment, it also leaves them unprepared and vulnerable. 
Interaction by Developmental Age

Interaction by Developmental Age

The first step to guide your child's interaction with their emergency supplies is to determine your child's developmental age. A child’s developmental age may not always align with their chronological age. Knowing their developmental age will help guide your interaction with your child with their emergency bag so they can feel prepared, empowered, and safe.