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In Fort Myers, we are no strangers to hurricanes, flooding’s, and family evacuations during hurricane season.  We all witnessed that during Hurricane Irma.  Our televisions were blaring with news as to what we should expect in the next twenty four hours.  Any natural disaster such as a hurricane can be a frightening experience for a child and some adults.  Parents should convey a calm and in charge demeanor to their children to lessen the anxiety that may come about during this time.  Talking to children about hurricanes, and the damage, danger, and destruction they may cause should be discussed according to age appropriateness.

Children take cues from their parents and many young children can internalize their parent’s fears.  It is important that your children’s questions are answered directly and without embellishing.  Remember, older children can handle more detailed information than younger children.  Keep it age appropriate!

Our children today are also faced with acts of senseless violence.  School districts are spending millions of dollars to combat these occurrences and to protect our children.  It is top priority to make sure students are protected from harm.  Talking with our children about violence helps them to feel safe in their communities and at school.

When we allow questions and an answer exchange, it provides parents an opportunity to give support.  When tragedy strikes, children are known to seek out their parents.  Here are some ideas to help guide your family during these times of hurricane and tragic events:

Reassure children

Tell your children you love them and will help them stay safe.  Remind them that you and other adults in their lives will do anything to keep them protected.

Maintain a calm behavior

This may not be easy to do but your children will take cues from you.  Try not to be too upset.

Keep television time to a minimum

Sometimes media images can add to the trauma of a tragedy.  Depending on the event, you may have to turn off the television.  You make that decision!

Talk about our first responders

Let your children know that even though unpleasant things happen in the world, there are people who want to help.  This may include our doctors, nurses, firefighters, and police.

Violence is never a solution to a problem

Remind children they can be a part of a positive solution by participating in anti-violence programs at their school and in the community.

Review your emergency plan

Go over your plans.  Make sure your family knows when to call or go to in case of an emergency.

Keep the communication between home and school open.

How to Talk to Children About  Natural Disasters and Tragic Events By Constance White

"Dear God, give these youth the courage and strength to make a difference by what they do and say, and involve themselves through the church, community, their family, and throughout the world." (Victory Of Jesus)

Never Stop Believing! Never Stop Dreaming!  If you dream it and believe it, then you can achieve it.  When you include God in your goals, He will guide you in the right direction.  

These youths share their big dreams with The Community Press readers:

Deidrick, age 9: Since we do not live in a perfect world, we will call on future Officer Deidrick for help.  "I want to be a police officer with a k-9 unit.  I want to protect and serve people, especially my Mom." In Deidrick's future profession, he is willing to risk his life to save others.

Ja'lani, age 4: The journey begins with one step.  "I want to go on trips and save people."  At such a young age, she is committed to make a difference in the world.

Emaraa, age 16: Academy Award Winner for Best Director will one day go to Emaraa.  "Starting my own business as a director is my career goal.  I will have positive messages in my movies because I want to be a leader who encourages others."  Emaraa's movies will be coming to a theater near you.

Cornard, age 13: Helping animals in need is Cornard's dream job.  " I am going to be a Veterinarian because I love animals."  You can be whatever you want to be.  Dream Big!!

Zamariaa, age 4: Working in the healthcare industry will be in Zamariaa's future. "I want to be a doctor when I grow up." This confident child will take on a challenging job to help patients stay healthy.

Gabriel, age 5:  Big Red Truck, Fire Hose, and Fighting Fires: Meet the future member of the fire department.  "When I grow up, I want to be a firefighter like my dad."  Climbing up the "ladder" of success.

They have different dreams, but they share the same goal:  Making their own money!!

Ms. Nicola North is the cousin of Joseph R. North, Esq. Accident and Injury Cases, Negligent Security Cases. THE NORTH LAW FIRM, P.A., 14241 Metro Parkway, Suite 200, Fort Myers, Florida 33912. (239) 337-1191, (239) 337-5990 (Fax), (239) 464-5740 (Cell),  Reach him online at www.thenorthlaw firm.org.

“Get Hungry For Education” By Nicola North