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As a parent, your life revolves around your child. You do your best to keep them safe and happy. But you are not always there when things happen. Whether your child fell in the playground at school or slipped on a wet surface in a shop, you can’t prevent your child from getting hurt. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. You can’t help but feel responsible, even though you were not present at the time of the accident.
An accident is never easy. However, with your support, your child can make a – hopefully full – physical and emotional recovery. The first and most important thing a parent has to accept is that, whether an accident was avoidable or not, the recovery path doesn’t change. The healing process takes time. Your role is to ensure that you don’t let your natural sense of responsibility and guilt blind you from the reality of the situation.
Help them deal with the stress
Anxiety is a silent monster that can develop in the following days, weeks or months after an accident. It affects the thought process and emotions of a child, making it not only difficult to spot at first but also hard to manage. Children who are dealing with a long recovery process can experience trouble sleeping, causing their mind to race and relive the accident over and over again. Creating a simple and relaxing bedtime routine can tackle a lot of issues. You can encourage them to talk about their feelings to identify the fear triggers. It takes time to manage, but through positive conversations and dedicated assisted therapy, you can help your child regain their confidence.
What if it’s someone else’s fault?
One of the things you need to clarify after you’ve tended to their wounds is who caused the accident. Sometimes, kids lack coordination and fall of their own device. Perhaps, they were attempting something dangerous and in which case you’ll need to address the risks with them – more of this later. But sometimes, someone else is behind the accident. If your child slipped on the wet floor in a shop, for instance, you can talk to injury lawyers to arrange for compensation to cover medical expenses. If you discover kids at school have been pushing or hitting your child, you can try to find out more about the event by talking to the teacher or addressing the situation with other parents.
Is there anything they could have done better?
Regardless of what happened, an accident is always a real opportunity to teach your child safety skills and awareness. Simple rules like teaching them to checking with a trustworthy adult before attempting anything potentially risky is a good idea. It’s essential to explain to your child the difference between fun and abusive relationships; for instance, your child needs to know when and how to ask peers at school to stop bothering. This could be a whole other blog post regarding bullying and how to address it. Additionally, discussing basic rules of safety, such as not climbing on things that should not be climbed on or running on the road, can go a long way!
A parent wants the best for their child. The last thing any parent is prepared to handle is an accident. However, helping your child cope with the aftermath of an accident, both physically and emotionally, is crucial to their well being. Sure, it’s hard work at the time, and you’ll need to be strong for both of you. But in the long term, it’s the best approach for your family.