In Times of Pain and Crisis: Helping Children Cope and Heal
While we tend to think of childhood as a happy, carefree time, nearly all children will experience pain and hurt of some kind. Issues such as divorce, death, bullying, deployment of a parent, friendship struggles, and stress affect children each day.
These times of hurt and crisis can be simple or complex, and while we would rather children not experience pain or hurt, they can also be opportunities for children to learn important lessons such as how strong they truly are and how they can make good choices during times of stress. These times can also help develop coping skills that can be used throughout the child’s lifetime, and children can experience God’s healing touch and presence as they work through pain.