Last Updated on March 26, 2022

Experiencing trauma in the form of natural and other disasters is something no child should go through without adult supervision. Even then, the long-term memories and effects this can manifest in your kids cannot be anticipated.

According to studies on childhood trauma, children who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) risk running into health, drug, and learning-related issues if they’re not helped on time. ACEs in the form of natural or other disasters can severely hinder your kids’ mental and physical wellbeing if left unchecked. While preparing supplies such as water, dry foods, and securing a safe shelter is pivotal, so is your kids’ feeling of safety. Make sure there are plenty of toys, multimedia materials, and colorful clothes, accessories, and books available in your shelter.

Depending on your kids’ age, they may even be able to help you prepare certain items and provisions, making them feel better about the prospects of overcoming these hardships. Do everything you can to alleviate your kids’ experience and help them cope. Young people are fighters and they’ll overcome any disaster given the support they need from you as their parents.