Do’s & Don’t’s During Hurricane Preparedness

Do’s & Don’t’s During Hurricane Preparedness

Anxiety, Feelings, Parenting
As you know hurricane watches can increase anxiety for parents and thus for children as well. Emotional distress can have long standing effects so it is our job as parents to help our children with their emotions during unpredictable weather. Here are some quick DOs and DONT's: -DO answer your child's questions about weather and hurricane preparedness giving them only what they NEED to know. -DON'T keep your plans hidden from your child. Let them know that you have a plan and let them help with preparation. Knowledge is power. -DO limit the amount of news coverage your child watches. This can cause confusion and anxiety for children. -DON'T minimize your child's feelings. If your child says they are afraid, say "It's OK to be afraid but we have a…
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Teens & Nail-biting    

Teens & Nail-biting    

Anxiety, Body Language, Teens
One of the ways we communicate our feelings is through body language. Even before we identify and verbalize a feeling, our body gives it away. Our body’s reaction to an emotional state is automatic. Some examples are when we are suddenly frightened, our body may jump. When we are angry, our hands may ball up in a fist. When we are disappointed, our shoulders may fall. Nail-biting in teens may be an automatic response to feeling nervous or anxious. As one teen described it recently to me, “I feel nerves.” Biting their nails is a way for them to release nervous energy. Often, the teen may not even realize they are doing it unless someone says something. They might become aware, remove their hand, only to put it back in…
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