The excitement of New Year’s, the stress of making ‘resolutions’, and the pressure of carrying on family ‘traditions’, during this time of uncertainty can take its toll on everyone. Often times, the fun and excitement are mixed in with ‘scary’ news about the world’s uncertainties. How can you tread carefully into the New Year?
Marcy (2018) advises that when scary events occur, parents often wonder how to help their family understand the graphic images and emotional content they may see. First, turn off the TV and be mindful of what adults discuss that may be overheard and misunderstood.
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Things to do instead with your family –
- Take nature walks
- Have a sunrise breakfast, outside
- Have a sunset supper, outside
- Make a special movie night
- Have a familiar family fun event
- Put on a play or talent show
- Plan a future vacation, or reminisce about a past one
- Build a Rube Goldberg Creation
If children become aware that something 'bad' has happened, Marcy suggests that families can reassure them of their safety. Answer their questions, leaving time for them to process what they are hearing.
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Remind the family ‘how to’ problem solve about previous situations that they have been successful with in the past. Let them know that you are always available to answer questions. If their anxiety becomes more serious, seek professional help.
Marcy believes that helping to inspire others by reaching out to them helps both ways. Figure out how the family can help others.
Marcy, S. (2018). Helping Children Handle Scary News; Retrieved online from –