Preparing children for hurricane season includes talking to and involving them in the process. Rather than attempting to deny, minimize or dismiss hurricane fears, be honest and open about how you and your family are coping with the possibility of storms. Mild hurricane anxiety is often a natural, healthy inner warning system for our self-preservation and survival. Talking with your children about how your family is preparing, what may occur and what they may see during and after a storm will help them cope with such anxiety in healthy and effective ways.
Young children need reassurance that the family, home and belongings are cared for, protected and secured as best as possible. For older children, having a sense of responsibility can help them channel anxiety productively. Contributing actively in age-appropriate ways allows youngsters to feel a sense of competence and confidence as they cope with the unexpected.
Here are some tips to keep in mind: