Be your child's compass during the hoopla over Hurricane Dorian

Dora Henderson / Headline SurferBy DORA HENDERSON
Community Column: The Explorer
Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- So, with the hurricane warnings, and people running to the stores to shop for emergency supplies, food and water, please remember: Children are watching and feeling the stress of others.

People in the stores are not behaving well, grabbing for water and being impolite.

Talk a lot to your kids about being calm and help them feel they are a part of your family safety team- make it fun for them.

Buy them their own flashlight - so they are ready for a power outage. Be relaxed - keep the amygdala's in your brain calm.

Prepare a power outage fun kit - things you can do together for fun. Go to Michaels or a Dollar store and stock up on glue and craft items.

Children pick up and sense everything. Many kids are talking about the weather report they hear on the news and are pre-worrying about things to come.

Be your kid's compass in life that is steady and grounded - pointing home for safety - not flipping around the compass in all directions.

Children pick up and sense everything. Many kids are talking about the weather report they hear on the news and are pre-worrying about things to come.

Be your kid's compass in life that is steady and grounded - pointing home for safety - not flipping around the compass in all directions.

keep your children calm andfeeling safe - knowing all is well and they are protected no matter what happens with this hurricane.
 

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Dora Henderson is a licensed mental health counselor and registered play therapist with A Safe Space Counseling LLC, in Longwood. She previously was a counselor with Orlando Behavioral Health as well as a former district mental health school counselor for the Orange County Public Schools. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling from Webster University and holds certifications in adult and child trauma counseling. Henderson and her hushad live in Sanford and have three grown children. Her new commmunity column, "The Explorer," is exclusive to Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet serving the Daytona Beach, Sanford & Orlando region via HeadlineSurfer.com. Headline Surfer® is owned by online news publisher Henry Frederick, recipient of dozens of journalism-industry awards for breaking news / investigative reporting in East Central Florida since the mid-1990s. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.