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As if being a stay at home mom isn’t hard enough, sometimes there are situations in life that test you to your extreme limits. When we are being a caregiver 24/7, this takes a lot of mental strength and resilience to endure. And when we are going through difficult instances in life, it can push us to our limits. So when a real disaster occurs, whether it’s flooding or a life or death emergency situation, it can prove to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It doesn’t at the time because we go into “adrenaline mode,” but it always helps to be prepared for this type of situation. If there is ever a situation that calls for swift action, whether it is a natural disaster or an emergency, what are the things we need to remember?

Focus on Getting You and Your Family Safe

Priority number one is always to make sure that you and your family are safe. Depending on the situation, you may be informed by the local government or you may have to act fast. When it comes to something like flooding, you’ve got to ensure that you are acting in the best interests of you and your family. You may sometimes feel that when there is a natural disaster that you’ve got to batten down the hatches and protect your home. It is so important to assess the situation in the round. Always trust your instincts. When there is an emergency, you have to trust that you will know what to do. As a parent, you will always act in the best interests of your child. Just learn to focus your energies in the right direction, as this will help everyone.

Holistically Assessing the Damage

It’s natural to feel concerned that your home and your possessions are gone, perhaps forever. It’s important that, while you may be feeling incredibly stressed during this time, you look at it with the bigger picture in mind. It’s always important to assess the damage, but only when it is safe to do so. In these situations, there is always professional help available. Companies like Water Damage Mentor provide water mitigation and there is always that community spirit that can help everyone in difficult situations. As stressful as it might be, you can only assess the damage when it is safe to do so. The best thing you can do right now is to look after your loved ones, but also make sure that you do the basic admin as far as reporting the damage is concerned.

Helping Your Child Deal With the Situation

Depending on their abilities to comprehend the situation, it can result in different reactions. They may very well react instantly, which can be stressful during a dangerous situation, but they may also react to it afterward. When everybody is safe, that is when you should help your child to process the information as best as they can, and there is a guide on Big Life Journal that can help. It’s not easy, but it’s crucial to be age-appropriate and remember that their reaction may not be so immediate. There are numerous factors that will affect their emotional response such as previous trauma, separation, or physical injury, as well as cultural differences. And we’ve got to bear all of these things in mind. 

It’s not an easy thing to undergo any form of drastic situation. When you have someone depending on you, they will be more confused than you are, but you’ve got to focus on safety first.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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