Negative News: How Parents Can Manage Kids' Emotional Disasters Around Natural Disasters by Roma Khetarpal

5 years ago
Negative News: How Parents Can Manage Kids' Emotional Disasters Around Natural Disasters

While we are eager to keep up to date on current events, let’s be truthful here: we are slightly addicted to bad news. That’s no fault of our own; it’s part of human nature. Research has shown that humans seek out news of dramatic, negative events in part because our brains evolved in a hunter-gatherer environment where anything novel had to be attended to immediately for survival. Other studies have shown that our negative brain tripwires are far more sensitive than our positive triggers. We tend to get more fearful than happy. And each time we experience fear we turn on our stress hormones.

What about our children? Are their stress hormones being turned on as well? Of course, they are! So how can parents help them avoid emotional disasters during natural disasters?

Begin by managing your own stress. Having concern and compassion during a natural disaster is one thing, but expressing those feelings repeatedly simply increases your stress and that of your family. As parents, it is our job to be responsive and not reactive. Recognize there are things we have control over and things we do not. Be compassionate, kind and offer help, but stop hitting replay.

Read more about how to protect our kids' mental health during natural disasters via HuffPost

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is exactly the right insight we need during these challenging times. Thank you, Roma Khetarpal , for sharing such helpful info. So glad to welcome you to our #30Seconds tribe! I look forward to learning and growing with you! :-)
Roma Khetarpal
Thanks for your kind comments and warm welcome, Elisa! I'm happy to be here. Looking forward to learning more as we grow together!
Alex Bryant
Great first tip! I would love to see you on a 30 Seconds twitter chat, what do you think Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds ?
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I was thinking the same thing, Alex Bryant ! I think Nicole DeAvilla and Roma Khetarpal should connect so we can make a plan. Thank you so much - I really appreciate you introducing us to Tools Of Growth ! :-)
Nicole DeAvilla
Great tip Roma Khetarpal and Yes, I think you would be a great guest for our #30Seconds Twitter Chat. Welcome to the 30 Seconds Tribe. :)
Tools Of Growth
I'm in! Alex Bryant is THE BEST connection conduit--hands down! A big thank you hug to you, my friend! Really loving 30 seconds!

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