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sadboyMany times, the children in our lives are asked to deal with many things in life that are unexpected, frightening or sad.  Here are some resources, compiled from many corners of the internet, to help you help them.

Bullying

Children in Crisis – General Resources

Death and the Grieving Process

Divorce

Domestic Violence

Health and Disease

Natural Disasters

War and Military Families

 

Talking with Children about Hard Topics (Article from Building Faith.org)

 

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Bullying

Addressing Violence Through the Golden Rule – This is a link with lots of excellent resources used in the 2013 NAEYC presentation regarding working with children affected by violence. http://ministrywithchildren.com/category/keeping-children-safe/bullying-and-abuse/ Bullies – Taking Down Goliath – “A four week series that equips preteens to deal with bullies from a Biblical perspective.  Can also be used …

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Children in Crisis

Adoption http://thecallinarkansas.org/ More information to come. General Resources Children in Pain and Crisis – a brochure from GBOD (United Methodist General Board of Discipleship) PainAndCrisis Finding Healing After Trauma – an article from the United Methodist GBOD (General Board of Discipleship) Finding Healing after Trauma Healing Stories for Children in Crisis – a collection of …

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Death and the Grieving Process

A Kid’s Guide to Dealing with the Loss of a Pet – Sponsored by Blue Buffalo Co., this is an excellent compilation of resources for parents dealing with the issue of the loss of a beloved family pet. http://bluebuffalo.com/library/a-kids-guide-to-dealing-with-the-loss-of-a-pet Children in Pain and Crisis – a brochure from GBOD (United Methodist General Board of Discipleship) …

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Divorce

Children’s Books about Divorce, Separation and Step families – from The Grown-Up’s Guide to the Best Children’s Books http://www.best-childrens-books.com/childrens-books-about-divorce.html DC4K (Divorce Care for Kids) Parent Zone – has many resources for both children and families that address a variety of real life situations that children encounter living in a divorce situation.  DC4K is a part …

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Domestic Violence

Ages and Developmental Stages of Domestic Violence – from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network – part of a series of short, succinct articles about children and domestic violence. http://www.nctsn.org/content/ages-and-developmental-stages-symptoms-exposure Aspire Initiative – a secular online curriculum for ‘tweens helping them to communicate and identify the difference between abusive and healthy relationships.  This is also …

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Health and Disease

(Scroll down for EBOLA and HIV/AIDS resources) Cancer Pediatric Videos for Children Just Like You – Cancer as Told by Three Children – Three children of different ages and types of cancer tell about their experiences with childhood cancer Someone In My Family Has Cancer – 4 minute animated video for children talking about cancer …

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Natural Disasters

A Resource List for Helping Children Cope with Disasters– an article from the Children’s Ministry division of the GBOD (United Methodist General Board of Discipleship) A Resource List for Helping Children Cope with Disasters Eleven Tips for Responding to Children’s Fears and Concerns Following a Disaster – an article from the Children’s Ministry division of the GBOD …

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War and Military Families

Children in Pain and Crisis – a brochure from GBOD (United Methodist General Board of Discipleship) PainAndCrisis Helping Children Deal with the Aftermath of 9/11 – a variety of resources from the Church of the Brethren Peacebuilders site. http://www.onearthpeace.org/new-generations/youth-retreats/helping-children-understand-aftermath-911 Helping Children Deal with Tragedy – from ChurchLeaders.com http://www.churchleaders.com/children/childrens-ministry-how-tos/132863-helping-children-deal-with-tragedy.html Military Children and Teens – Deployment Ideas …

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