WASHINGTON – Thousands of children are trying to cope while their parents are in the Persian Gulf, a situation that one counselor compared to the pain of divorce for a child.
The National Association of School Psychologists offers some suggestions on how to help those children cope. More tips are available at the association's web site http://www.nasponline.org/index2.html.
-- Keep children informed.
-- Discuss events in age-appropriate terms.
-- Acknowledge and normalize children's feelings.
-- Share your own feelings.
-- Provide extra support and reassurance.
-- Involve children in planning how to cope.
-- Maintain routines as much as possible.
-- Share household chores at age-appropriate levels.
-- Shield children from financial worries.
-- Reach out to others.
-- Take advantage of existing resources.
-- Address concerns that a loved one may be injured or killed.
-- Be willing to discuss the concept of death.
-- Recognize and respond to changes in behavior.
-- Be aware of youngsters at higher risk.
-- Take care of your own needs.
-- Maintain good communication between home and school.
-- Teachers should assess student needs.
-- Schools should reach out to the community.
Fox News' Meghan Mullan contributed to this report.