You can reassure children without any words at all! Hugs help, and another way of holding each other close is simply reminding your child again and again that your family is safe and together. Try these ideas, too. 

Snuggle U 

Get under a blanket together and watch a favorite show or movie.  

Balloon Belly Breaths 

Try this together! Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose. Pretend you are filling up a balloon in your belly. Exhale slowly and repeat.  

Melting Ice Cream  

Invite children to lie flat on their backs with you and close their eyes. Pretend you are an ice-cream cone on a warm sidewalk. Relax by “melting” every muscle, from the top of your head all the way down to your toes. 

Just Distract! 

Doing something—anything—fun together may be the most effective strategy of all.