How to Help Your Children After a Traumatic AccidentMississippi Legal News
The challenges of trauma after a serious car accident can be difficult for any victim, especially young children. Every day, children are learning something new, including the fear and the feeling of mortality. Explaining the concept of death alone can be a difficult hurdle for children, but nearly experiencing it is its own challenge.
Car accidents can be especially terrifying for younger children, as they have little to no control over the situation. As a parent, you feel and uphold responsibility for your child’s safety, especially when behind the wheel. Coping with the situation can be even more difficult if your child was seriously injured in the accident. They will often leave a scene confused, scared, or even visibly upset.
After an accident, you should guide your child through the process of understanding how they feel and handling their feelings. But chances are that you have no idea how to handle this, especially if this is your own first accident. By knowing the steps and possible problems your child faces, you can help them see through oncoming trials.
Provide Space and Respect Boundaries
As a parent, you feel inclined to help and take care of your family, maybe even to a fault. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of helping to a fault, smothering our own children with attention. Applying too much pressure on talking about certain matters of the accident can make your child less inclined to discuss it. Even though it might be commendable to want to help them so badly, you must help your child on their terms.
This is because some children simply struggle to process the events in front of them. By pressing them to do so sooner, you unintentionally make the process more difficult for them. Even if the issue is vice versa and your child is eager to discuss the accident, take caution in conversation. There may still be aspects of the accident or issues the child still does not have a full grasp of so quickly. Ultimately, always be prepared when your child is ready to talk through the accident. As a parent, it is your duty to provide nothing but your undivided attention to them.
Encourage Them to Emotionally Process
For many children, a car accident is their first close experience with death or losing a loved one. Because of how severe and important of an event these accidents can be, many children tend to distance themselves. Do not be surprised if you find your child isolating themselves from you or avoiding conversation. Oftentimes, this is because your child has no idea how to handle the intense emotions of trauma.
As formerly discussed, you should avoid smothering or pressuring your child to avoid silencing them entirely. Nevertheless, a child still has no idea how to handle trauma. As a parent, avoid pushing them to discuss the trauma but encourage them to express it. Tell them that it is okay and normal to be upset or to cry and that they should be honest with their feelings. Above all else, let them know that they can safely approach you at any time to discuss these feelings.
How to Help Them Heal
Despite our roles as parents, we cannot be the saviors that fix our children at every step. Even if our children look up to us as all-knowing sages, we simply cannot always be this. Therefore, we should accept this and know where to guide them instead. Rather than struggling to find the be-all answers, we should know where to look for the right answers.
When your child is facing the struggles of trauma, know when to seek the professional help they need. Consider a therapist that can help them open and move through the motions of coping with loss and pain. Most importantly, always let them know you are around to support them and help them through their troubles. When a child knows they have support and understanding after an accident, they can make the best of their recovery.
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost an important family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at 601-487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.