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Deborah Gilboa, MD Have you talked to your child about a disaster?
Honored to be featured in this article about talking to kids about tragedies. Should we shield kids or talk to them? We can use these moments to teach resilience!
When tragic events occur, such as the recent Arizona wildfires or last year’s super-storm Sandy, it can be difficult for kids to cope. A natural disaster is a stressful event for a person of any age, but for children, it’s much more anxiety-provoking because they don’t understand what has happened and they don’t know what’s going to happen, which is frightening to them, says Maneesh Kumar, D.O., a pediatrician at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, in Houston. Whether a storm affected your family, or a tornado hit a city three states away, knowing what to say and do after a disaster can help make this tough time easier for kids…
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