Travel Safety Tips: How to keep children calm during a storm

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Tripets (credit: Shaunabell Inc.)

Tripets (credit: Shaunabell Inc.)

 

Florida Travel Guide: How parents can keep their children calm during a storm

If a hurricane strikes while you’re on vacation, it switches you into a different zone and your children can sense that tension. Hurricanes can be traumatic for children, especially when they see their parents panicking, so try to stay as calm as you can. Your reaction will determine how they in turn react, so your fear can turn into their terror. We know it’s easier said than done, but try the following tips:

Give them something to do

Children have great imaginations, and their fears can be heightened by what they imagine can happen. Take the time to be supportive and address their worries and anxieties. Assure them that they won’t be left alone and that you will stay together as a family.

Giving them something to do is also a good distraction, so plan a task for them, whether it’s to pack their favorite toys or tuck their stuffed animals into a safe corner.

 

Neon Pets (credit: Pillow Pets)

Neon Pets (credit: Pillow Pets)

 

What to pack for your child

Depending on where you’re located, your family may have to evacuate and this can be frightening for children. Not only has their routine changed, but their comforts of home are also not available. Make sure you think of this when you’re packing their belongings. A favorite item can go a long way to feeling secure and protected – think of packing the following for your child:

  • a cozy blanket to wrap themselves up in
  • a cherished stuffed animal to snuggle up with
  • comfortable clothes
  • favorite games or toys to help the hours pass
  • favorite books
  • comfort food
  • paper and pencil
  • coloring books and crayons or markers
  • their own personal flashlight and batteries
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • rain gear and rain boots

Tell us…

How do you keep your child calm when they’re frightened?