Children should be constantly reassured about their and their loved ones’ safety reminding them that they are in safe hands. They should be reminded that it is the core responsibility of their adults to protect them from any harm.
Maintaining routines add a sense of predictability and safety in child’s life. They are vital in normal as well as situations like these. They have a tendency to distract children as well as teach them the lesson that no matter what, moving on is the one and only way to fight with the major problems in life.
When it comes to teaching the children about responsiveness, regulation is the key. Activities like exercises, validations of the children’s’ feeling (like saying “I know how scary it sounds, or I know how you are feeling.) and maintaining their daily routines and meals help in activating their stress response systems.