Children Need More Than Bedtime Stories in a Chaotic World

Turbulent times require that we help ourselves and our children make healthy adjustments for stress reduction and mental health.

Dr. Patricia Farrell

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Youth of today are thrust into a world rife with peril and mystery. Young people may find it challenging to make sense of the world and feel safe and secure because of natural disasters, pandemics, political volatility, and social upheaval. What does the future hold for them? Questions and worries like these need to be solved carefully in an accepting home and school environment.

It is our duty to equip the next generation with the resiliency they’ll need to succeed in an uncertain and complex world. The following are some recommendations for assisting young people in adapting to the inevitable volatility of real life:

Making your home a comfortable place where your child can open up about their feelings is vital to preparing them to deal with the challenges of growing up.

Soothe their worries by encouraging them to talk about their concerns. Respect the other person’s viewpoint and listen to their perspective, regardless of where you stand.

As children have a hard time understanding complex and abstract concepts like natural disasters and political events, it is essential that adults help kids make sense of the world around them.

Give kids explanations and tools that are age-appropriate. Use simple language and relevant examples to help them understand the significance of what has happened. Inspire a confident anticipation of what lies ahead.

They have to feel they have some say over things, even in a chaotic world. For people to reclaim their life, it is important to provide them agency through decision-making and to instruct them in self- and social-care.

Strengthen their capacity to recover quickly from failures. The ability to recover swiftly from adversity and succeed despite challenging circumstances is a hallmark of resilience. Teaching children to face adversity squarely and to find the good in every circumstance is an excellent way to help them grow into resilient adults.

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Dr. Patricia Farrell

Dr. Farrell is a psychologist, consultant, author, interested in flash fiction writing (http://bitly.ws/S94e), and health.