Nepal Earthquake

nepal

When a natural disaster strikes on such a large scale as the earth quake this weekend in Nepal, it can upset not just us, but also our children. Whether they hear about it from you, from the media or at school, there is a decent chance that many of our children will be aware of it and have questions or concerns. The experts in various fields have come up with some good tips on how to support your child through understanding and reconciling their feelings and fears.

  • Be reassuring, but honest. Many kids will fear that we will be hit by an earth quake (or flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, etc). Reassure them that the likelihood of such a thing happening here, in London, is slim and explain why. Be honest about the chances that some of these things may actually happen here.
  • Let them know that their family is safe (assuming they are) and not near the location of the earth quake.
  • Let them know that their fears are valid and their questions are important to you. Be patient and give them time to express themselves.
  • Limit their access to pictures and videos of the disaster scenes. Most of what they see will be too much for them to understand.

For more information or guidance, see:

https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/resource_centers/disaster/talking_to_kids_about_earthquakes_and_natural_disasters.pdf

http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/talking-to-children-about-disasters

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Disasters.aspx

http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/talking-to-your-child-about-natural-disasters/

http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/8-tips-for-talking-to-young-children-about-natural-disasters/

HOW TO HELP

CTV News has summarized the main ways that Canadians can provide help to those in Nepal. For outlets and ways that they work, see HERE.

LifeSpin: Helping Londoners in Need

freestore2

LifeSpin is a not-for-profit organization in East London that supports low income families throughout the year. As many London families know, it is hard enough to make ends meet in a regular month, but Christmas can be especially hard. Often after paying the bills, there is just not enough to buy any presents to put under the tree. Last year, LifeSpin provided gifts to over 2500 Londoners and this year, they need more help.

With the days before Santa arrives dwindling quickly, they have a long list of families seeking sponsorship. If it is at all possible for you, get some friends together, co-workers, family members, neighbours, church groups, even just yourself and sponsor a family in need.  The children have small wish lists and these parents would love to be able to see a few of their child’s Christmas dreams come true.

No one chooses to live in poverty. No family wants to be the one to have to ask for help. These families are doing the best they can and usually are in their position through no fault of their own.

IF YOU CAN HELP

Learn more about LifeSpin and the work they do HERE

Learn about their Christmas Program and how to sponsor a family HERE. It is very simple and the difference you will be making is immeasurable.