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Parent Guide


Community Crises and Disasters cover imageCommunity Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages

was designed as a resource that parents could turn to in a time of crisis, or ideally in advance of a crisis. It provides practical information about children’s reactions to crisis at different ages, and ideas about how to support a child’s resilience and facilitate open communication. The full guide, as well as individual sections, is available for download below.

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Download the entire guide here, or the sections that most interest you:

Part One: Facing Challenges Together (Includes 4 sections: From Crisis Comes Opportunity, Trauma and Resilience, Coping at Different Ages, and Caring for Yourself and Your Family)

Making Choices about Media Use

Parenting Through Crisis: A Quick Guide

Talking with Children after a Crisis or Disaster

Stories of Families Facing Crisis:

Living "Boston Strong": A Story about Violence in the Community

Weathering the Storm: A Story about a Natural Disaster

Navigating a Loss: A Story about an Accident in the Community