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Helping Preschoolers with Stress

Seeing images of natural disasters and hearing adults talking about them can create anxiety in young children. Over the past several weeks, we have all watched the tragedy of Nepal’s earthquakes unfold. Last week, multiple people were killed in a major landslide in Colombia. In the United States, we’ve recently seen multiple regions damaged by tornadoes and strong storms.

Preschoolers may experience stress reactions to these disasters even when they are not directly affected by them. Anxiety often arises out of feelings of powerlessness and lack of control. Very young children haven’t acquired the same coping mechanisms that adults, or even older children, have developed. Use these suggestions to help you talk to your preschoolers when they exhibit signs of stress related to seeing and hearing about natural disasters:

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Tell Preschoolers About God

  • God loves me.
  • God loves all people.
  • God wants me to love and help others.
  • God wants me to tell others about Him.

These simple concepts are basic spiritual truths we want preschoolers to learn in Mission Friends. As we focus on the Christian concept area of God this month, the above concepts are taught through the activities and stories in Mission Friends. Throughout this month, be mindful to repeat these concepts with your preschoolers.

Wholehearted

Taylor and Susan Field, missionaries at Graffiti Church in New York City

Taylor and Susan Field, missionaries at Graffiti Church in New York City, were both called to urban missions very early in their lives. Mr. Field’s specific call was to provide help for people who have tangible needs. Mr. Field calls this relief work and release work, “Helping people get on their feet and then helping them meet Christ and learn their true purpose.” The Fields have found that it is necessary to work with people holistically as they minister in the urban setting.

Listen as Mr. Field shares from his heart:

“We have found that it is really difficult to understand the gospel if you are hungry. We try to care for people before trying to ‘enlist’ them. We try to be genuine, and our witnessing is long term. We want to walk with the people into discipleship after they have initially accepted Christ.”

Thank You!

Have you ever saved an empty paper-towel tube from your workplace, or asked others to save empty paper-towel tubes for you? Can you carry on a complete conversation about the characters in the latest animated children’s movie? Do you keep liquid starch with your preschool art supplies instead of your laundry supplies? Do you save even the smallest scraps of paper or ribbon for your collage box? Have you ever melted stray crayon pieces together to make chunky crayons? Do you find yourself cleaning out your empty yogurt cups because you can use them as paint containers? Do you use your muffin tins, not for making muffins, but as a great sorting tray for preschoolers?

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