Writing a Disaster Love Letter
The thought of having to write a Disaster Love Letter to your child may seem a bit intimidating or emotionally overwhelming, but rest assured there are some fantastic tips and guides out there to help you with the process.
Here are some suggestions;
• Keep it age appropriate: The note needs to be at your child’s level. Getting philosophical or going poetically over-the-top will miss the mark with most youngsters. Remember, this is for your child, not a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
• Sound like yourself: Your child wants to hear from you, not a template. They’ll definitely know something’s up if the note doesn’t sound like mom or dad.
• Include personal details: Pick an in-joke, a special nickname, something you share exclusively with your child. These are familiar and comforting for little ones.
• Keep it short: Your child's caregiver may be your voice, subject to your child's reading abilities and of course the situation. They may also not have a lot of time so be brief and to the point.
• Be reassuring: This one’s tough, since it’s difficult to know what a full-scale emergency may look like. But do your best to sound calm and let them know you or other family members will be with them as soon as possible. The most important thing is that they don’t feel alone.
• Lay the groundwork: The best way to help your child cope with disasters is to talk about them before they happen. Knowledge is power. Your child will be less anxious if they understand what emergencies are and what they should do when one occurs. Your comfort note will simply provide an extra boost of reassurance.
My precious girl:
Today is an unusual day and some scary things may be happening right now, but mommy and daddy are on their way to hold, kiss and squeeze you tight.
Until then, be a brave girl like we know you can. Listen carefully to your teachers, help your friends and know that we’re thinking about you this very second.
We love, love, love you to bits and pieces (so small you can’t even see them with a microscope!). Just hang tight. Everything’s going to be okay.
Hugs and kisses…infinity.
Love always, Mommy and Daddy