It’s been a tough couple of weeks. First the terrible situation in Russia, then the floods here in Australia. We just don’t seem to be able to catch our breath. I’ve definitely been struggling this last week, as has everyone I know. Everyone is feeling it, including our kids.
A few nights ago over dinner my son asked me if there is going to be a World War 3 and if we would be ok. A couple of minutes later my daughter asked if COVID will ever go away. Earlier that afternoon we had been looking at images of the floods. I won’t lie, it felt like a dark conversation. I think I felt so exhausted by the last two years and overwhelmed by the present state of the world, that I just didn’t have a satisfactory answer for my kids.
I realised that if I’m feeling helpless, imagine how scary this must be for our little ones, who unlike any generation before them are completely tapped into what’s happening locally and globally. I felt completely unequipped to support them through this. How do I reassure them and provide comfort during these uncertain times? How can I help them make sense of the constant challenges and battles that the world has been experiencing over the past few years? How do I help deal with the growing anxiety that things are not ok?
I started searching for advice, for tools or for anything that would help me support them better, and I came across the brilliant Paediatric Occupational Therapist Deb Hopper. Deb is incredibly generous with her advice, providing all sorts of tools and support materials for parents. In her most recent podcast ‘Managing Anxiety when bad things Happen’ Deb shared her top tips for helping the whole family manage anxiety over world events. I personally found it so helpful, relevant and powerful that I had to share it with this lovely community;
Deb also shares how to manage anxiety when a loved one is in danger. It’s a great discussion right now given how close to home a lot of these issues are.
I love how Deb gives practical advice on healthy ways to model being ok with our own anxiety. Her tips to help the whole family with the worries go beyond my summary above and are well worth a listen. Click here to access the full podcast episode
If you’d like to know more about how to support your child or other family members who suffer from anxiety or are challenged with the world right now, head over to Deb’s websitehttps://www.lifeskills4kids.com.au/ where you can find more useful tips and helpful resources.
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