We’re not talking about trying to ignore the elephant in the living room. If the main of the house has PTSD, most of the normal household routines are going to be disrupted. But whenever possible, try to keep them intact. Routines can also be a good, home-based distraction from their worries about Dad.
By working to maintain normal family routines, you will be reminding your child in vivid ways what has not changed, and more importantly, that you still have each other.
One common family routine in many households centers around home entertainment media. Dr. Annette La Greca advises that these forms of entertainment should be restricted for the child’s sake. This is especially important for children who have a parent or relative in the military or who have experienced recent trauma. Upsetting images may lead to fears, bad dreams and trouble sleeping. Limit television shows that include war-related programming, particularly the news and special programs about wars. It will also help to limit television shows, movies, magazines, Internet sites and video games that have a lot of violence.
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