Training children to cope with disaster

12 July 2019 10:17 am Words : Sirohmi Gunesekera (Teacher, Attorney-at-Law and Researcher into Human Relations & The Family Unit) Melanie saw the anxious look on her mother’s face and she was scared.  She was used to seeing her mother looking bright and happy. Adults worry and do not think of the effect it can have on a child. Anyway, after the Easter Sunday explosions many parents became fearful especially about sending their children to school. The main thing is not to hide and tell lies to children. There is no need to explain in frightening detail but you must prepare your child to face facts like a bomb going off in their midst. We have lived with terrorism and sudden attacks so it is not something new. You need to tell your child that there are bad people in the sense that one has to be careful since they may attack you. They may hit you or even shoot you so you have to be ready to run away.

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