Tell your child that you will always take care of him and protect him, even in times of crisis. Remind him that he is loved even when you aren’t there with him. Point out to your child that his village—his friends, family members, and others who love him— is also there for him, so he is never without someone who cares for him.
Name the people who can help him in times of need: friends, family, neighbors, religious leaders, teachers, and others. Make sure your child knows how to get in touch with you, or someone he trusts, at all times. Help him learn important phone numbers or put those numbers in a place where he can find them easily.
No matter what happens, your child needs to know you’ll take care of him. These activities will help your child to:
To you, your child is precious. But he may not always know you feel this way about him. This activity lets you tell your child that, no matter what, he is special to you. Knowing he can count on you and your love can make your child feel safe. The activity makes the connection between how you feel about your child, and what you do to keep him safe.
The activity also lets you explain the proud history of African Americans as a people who have triumphed over many hardships. By keeping their loved ones in their hearts, no matter where they were, African Americans were never alone.
This activity shows your child how he is connected to the people who care about him. By naming people in his support system, and saying how those people help him, your child will learn that he’s safe. This activity can be a fun way to include your entire family in this special time with your child.