YOU CAN ASK: Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers

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Helping families cope with stress, fear, and natural disasters.

        Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers

        #1

        It's normal to feel anxious, unsettled, or even helpless. Keep in mind that children respond to and learn from your reactions.

        #2

        You know your child best and will be able to pick up on slight behavior changes that could indicate stress.

        #3

        Encourage your child to ask questions, too. Let her know that it's OK to express her feelings.

        #4

        Children want to know that you will care for them and that things will get better. Hugs help!

        #5

        Mealtimes, errands, and ordinary moments offer great chances to talk with your child.

        #6

        Planning for emergency situations as a family can reassure everyone. (Visit Let's Get Ready for tips.)

        #7

        Find more tips and age-by-age ideas in the You Can Ask Parent Guide.

        #8

        Friends Care, a magazine about a hurricane on Sesame Street, offers parent information and activities to share with your child.