Natural disasters like the tornadoes are difficult to understand and can be challenging to discuss with children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers several resources to help caregivers address this topic with children and teens.
 

After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal explains ways to ensure that children feel safe and protected after frightening events like tornadoes.  

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_tornado.pdf

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/despues_de_pasar_por_la_experiencia_de_un_tornado.pdf (Spanish)

 
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes explains how exposure to media coverage about natural disasters can affect children and offers suggestions on how to discuss natural disasters with children and limit their exposure to disturbing media coverage.

http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tornadoes_media_final.pdf

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents includes lists of activities for children and families to do when there is no power or when it is unsafe to go outside.

http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/activities_for_children_and_adolescents.pdf


Links to these resources are also available on the Ambit Network website: ambitnetwork.org


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Phone: (320) 253-1616
203 Cooper Ave N, Suite 162, Saint Cloud, MN 56303 Toll Free: 1-888-600-1616