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When my child says they are ok after a crisis but I can tell they are not, what can I do to help?

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When my child says they are ok after a crisis but I can tell they are not, what can I do to help?

When a child tells you that they’re okay after a crisis and you can tell they’re not okay, you can listen to them and say, "Okay," but keep an eye on things. Try to keep them around you a little bit more, monitor them. I kind of use a little “TIME” acronym. It's just a little acronym I use when I go through a crisis and I can see my child is really affected by it. The "T" stands for talk to them about that. Then, the "I" stands for just give them some instruction about some skills, a calm-down skill that might help them to feel more safe, to feel more calm. The "M" in that TIME acronym stands for monitor. Monitor how your child is doing, where they're at, what they're doing, who they're around, and then encourage them to seek out help with you or with some other trusted adult or professional.

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