Rescued Chilean Miner's Kids: Helping Kids After Trauma
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Rescued Chilean Miner's Kids: How to Help Kids After Trauma (Cafe Mom's The
Last week, Cafe Mom's The Stir contacted me about my thoughts of kids and
trauma in light of the recent miraculous rescue of Chilean miners. I want to
share this with you, as the information is applicable to all of our lives. We
never know when the next tragedy might hit us, and we always want to be able to
support our kids.
As with Sheri Reed who interviewed me for this article, I too watched with
tears of joy as each miner safely reached the surface and were reunited with
their children and families.
Here are 6 salient points to ponder:
(1) "Those months when the men were underground, the kids were trying to hold
it together. And now even though it's the happiest, happiest moment where
they're safe, it's now that they can let it out."
(2) 21 typical child crisis reactions are pointed out. "They (miners) are going
to respond differently. So based on how they respond, their families, their
kids are going to respond differently. We know that if the parents are okay,
kids do better. If their dads or their brothers are suffering more, they're
going to suffer more."
(3) "For these Chilean children, it's all about reunification now. 'Right now,
the kids just need to be with their dads, brothers, or uncles'."
(4) "One way kids can feel better when they feel powerless ... is to help
others. It could be something like raise some money, even just a little bit, so
that (other) miners can have better safety. Donating lunch money, having a
lemonade stand... Have some control of making things better in the future for
(5) "Our kids in America can (also) send letters to the kids in Chile. You can
go to Google Translate and write in English and then translate it into
Spanish. 'Send letters, send cards. They will appreciate it. Knowing... that
the kids here are thinking of them, that's going to make a difference in their
life. Helping them feel they're not alone'."
(6) "For people in the armed forces overseas in Afghanistan or Iran, similar
things happen. You have a dad or a brother over in Afghanistan and every day
you're wondering 'Are they okay?' That is continual stress. So (those) kids
might send Halloween candy to the troops. This makes kids feel like they're
doing something... It gives a sense of: 'I can do something. I feel a little
bit more in control. I can contribute.' Kids feel good when they help people."
From Cafe Mom's The Stir Oct. 13, 2010. Read complete article here.
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