3 MAJOR TIPS FOR SNOW STORM DISRUPTIONS
#1 - VALIDATE the feelings/desire/request that the children may have. The 'fear of the unknown' is high at times like these. Letting a child know you hear them, can make or break a situation. Keep things as positive as possible. Avoid judging, dismissing or arguing with them about their fears.
#2 - NEUTRAL, CALM & ENGAGED is the ideal approach when interacting with kids at this time. Role modelling is key in these types of situations and children need to know 'who is in charge' and taking on the 'leadership' at these sketchy times. Let kids know the facts but also allow them to express themselves....stay connected!
#3 - DISCUSS the details of the snow storm and what is happening. Also, either create a plan together (for older kids) OR share the plan instead. Use visuals to help 'draw out' some of the more vague details and feelings surrounding this topic.