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Some kids don’t have it easy at all. Their parents are getting divorced, and the kids are having a tough time adjusting. Or perhaps their family is having financial difficulties, which causes stress and anxiety at home. Some kids may have lost their home, through fire or a natural disaster. Some are dealing with the unthinkable – one of their parents have died.
All of these situations are traumatic for children and teens. Many young people are faced with these complex losses, and the number of families dealing with crises are on the rise. Half of all American children will be part of a family who gets a divorce. Close to half of these children will experience a second divorce in their family. Many families are experiencing significant economic hardship today and this has a negative effect on children’s academic, behavioral, and emotional functioning. Natural disasters, resulting in home loss, injury and loss of life is increasing, with costs in the U.S. reaching a billion dollars a week, with untold emotional costs. One in twenty American children will lose a parent through death before the child turns 18.
How can a child remain hopeful and develop their talents despite traumatic events? How do young people handle feelings of anger, depression and guilt without leading to aggression, self-harm, or substance abuse? And how can kids block repetitive terrifying thoughts, connect with others, and stay strong when dealing with major loss? It’s very difficult to recover from significant crises, but it is still possible. The word resilience has been used lately to signify powerful strategies that a person can draw upon when faced with serious difficulty.
Resilience in the face of tragedy is clearly admirable. Young people are particularly vulnerable and need more than tender loving care to move forward in their lives. Kids need a resilient plan to understand that their lives can get better and still be meaningful. They can reassuringly learn such a plan by using a disaster survival Tool Kit that builds resilience.
Read more about resilience and how kids can master these life-empowering strategies: Tragedy in Tucson: Help Your Child Deal with the Death of Another Child; Earthquake Fears Skyrocket in Kids; Resilience Skills Help Kids Cope with Divorce.