Children and Families

A new reference for parents who work as first responders has been produced by Emerging Minds to help parents who respond to disasters and face the additional burden of worrying about their children who are understandably anxious about their mum or dad at work.

This fact sheet by US-based SAMSHA offers tips families can use to help disaster response workers return home and adjust to daily life. It describes things to keep in mind while adjusting to the return of a loved one, signs of stress, and when to seek help.

This website by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention gives parents information to help children of different ages cope in an emergency.  It recognises that some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.