Posted by admin | Posted in parenting | Posted on 06-04-2012-05-2008
the experts in the article suggest that you talk to your children about what is happening, being honest but not alarming them. Stress that although things may be hard, you are confident that you can handle tough times together as a family. Encourage your children to talk about their concerns with you or another close adult. Look for free and inexpensive activities you can do, and emphasize that lack of money doesn’t have to mean lack of fun. keep up a regular routine, eat healthy, and get enough sleep and exercise. Find ways to help yourself keep calm such as listening to music or walking. Avoid isolating yourself by reaching out to family and friends. you may also take advantage of some of the free evidenced based programs and services Project ASSIST offers to parents during these stressful times. These programs offer parents more tools they can use to take care of their children. “Parenting Wisely” is a computer based program that parents can work on individually at their own pace with the support of staff. the “incredible Years” program is a group for parents of 3-6 year-old children. our next group will be on Friday mornings from 9-11 AM starting, April 13. please call Jade or Katie at 508-837-6957 if you are interested in either of these programs or in any of the free services we have to help unemployed residents of Fall River (including the Project ASSIST Job Club, case management and job mentoring).
Link to article from National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/coping_for_parents_final.pdf