How to Help Kids Cope After Harvey: Expert Tips for Katy Parents

Top strategies to help children grieve, cope, and recover after loss.

KATY MAGAZINE I October, 2017

By Katrina Katsarelis and Ashley Lancaster

Special Expert Contributor: Kathryn Feagins, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) Office of Psychological Services for Katy ISD.

With approximately 15,000 Katy students impacted by flooding and loss after Harvey, helping our children cope with loss and devastation is first and foremost on the minds of Katy parents right now. Here are some of the best strategies to start the journey of healing.

Set a calm, positive example

If you're an emotional wreck than your child is likely to feel the same way. "Children look to their parents and caregivers to set examples," says Feagins. "It’s important to reassure them that everything is going to be okay."

Keep normal routines

Whatever the children were doing before, keep those routines going. Have dinner together, go to karate practice, attend church, etc. Kids have had enough changes going on right now that normalcy and routine is refreshing for them. Feagins says most of the schools reported students actually being excited about getting back into school and getting in the routine of things.

Make lemonade

Bring up the good things that have happened as a result of the hurricane. Maybe your family has gotten closer than before, or you've got to spend more time at Grandma's house, or perhaps your child made a new friend at school because of Harvey. Even little things will help kids see there is good on the horizon. "Focus on togetherness and pulling together," advises Feagins.

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