Helping Kids Through Traumatic or Hard Moments- Part 3
Helping Kids through Hard Moments Part 1 gave you five reasons it is important to create a story or narrative for your child after they’ve experienced a hard moment. Part 2 helped you understand the important elements to include in the story (facts, negative belief, feeling, true/positive belief). This video in Part 3 shows an example of how to create a short story using animals for a young child. Notice that the story is in third person- sometimes this helps a child not feel as overwhelmed by the story if was particularly scary. You’ll also notice that the story starts with a positive, then gives the negative/mixed-up thoughts, the feeling, and then corrects the mixed up thought with the positive thought. If you have a young child who has experienced a scary moment, you’ll likely need to give your child a story over and over and over again….once isn’t enough!
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