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Amanda Rock

Was Your Preschooler Affected By Hurricane Sandy?

By November 6, 2012

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Wow, what a week! I hope all of you are safe and warm. My family and I definitely felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy -- we lost power for six days and are finally getting back on track this week (although my kids are still out of school because the buildings don't have electricity or heat). We were fortunate though -- no damage to ourselves or our property. I wish I could say the same for many that I know.

While physically we were all unscathed, Mr. S., my 3-year-old, really had a tough time with it all. We spent a lot of time with generous friends in their homes and even managed to escape the area to a hotel for a few days. Our whole family was always safe and warm, but because his schedule and routine were basically non-existent, he was definitely confused and acting out. Whether you and your family personally were affected by the hurricane or your if you are seeing (upsetting) images on television, it's definitely a good idea to consider speaking to your little one about what is going on.

The folks at Sesame Workshop have put together a great online Hurricane Kit, filled with virtual tools including videos, activities and tips for talking to your child. It's a wonderful resource, one I wished I could have accessed during the storm and the days after!

For other ways to explain what is going on, check out our tips on how to talk to kids about natural disasters and read how other parents explain tragedy to their own children.

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