Provided byDr. Vicki Panaccione
Depending on age, personality and developmental stage, kids will react differently and have different concerns. So understanding your own kids' mind-set will help you decide how much to say and how much information to give. Here's an age-by-age guide to what your child may be experiencing.
Toddlers are too young to understand what's going on. However oblivious they might be to current events, they do pick up on emotional cues from YOU. If Mommy or Daddy looks sad, scared or upset, they can get that way, too. So the best thing is to try not projecting your feelings onto them and keep calm around them.
by jessicasmom1October 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM
communication works greatly with us
by Wish2BeOctober 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM
This is great ! I dont know when to start preping him for an emergency...he will be 3 on Tuesday.
by SabrinaLCOctober 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM
Thanks for sharing
October 14, 2012 at 9:17 PM
We are just starting to learn about this since my older two are now 7 and 5. We were watching The Voice the other night and they were talking about a contestant who had been through Hurricane Katrina and showing pictures of it. They asked about it and I explained what had happened and they seemed concerned but I told them there were no hurricanes in Colorado lol.
by Delirium003October 14, 2012 at 9:53 PMThanks for sharing
October 14, 2012 at 9:58 PM
We definitely monitor and make it kid appropriate.
October 14, 2012 at 10:05 PMMy girls were 15 months and 3 weeks when hurricane Katrina hit. Of course at that age they were oblivious to what happened at the time, but with it constantly being on the local news and areas still not rebuilt from.the storm and pictures and books and DVDs (we bought them as a donation to the recovery) they had many questions and grew up in the aftermath. So when hurricane Gustav was forecasted it was a pretty scary thing (they were 4 and 3 at that time and then we had our 2 yr old) we had to evacuate too. They saw the damage it did when we got home but saw thy were still safe and we had a home tto live in. And this past August we stayed for hurricane Isaac and that was pretty scary for us because while it wasn't a.high wind storm it hovered over us. The kids were 8,7 and almost 6 so they were fully aware of everything. So after being through 3 hurricanes and seeing they were safe, the news doesn't phase them. They know how to prepare for storms and they know that if its forecasted to be too dangerous to stay we will evacuate.
by alliesmom112October 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
thanks for sharing
by Meltopia529October 15, 2012 at 10:03 AMTfs
by kellynhOctober 15, 2012 at 10:13 AMCommunication... You just have to learn how to communicate in the age appropriate way.