Tips for Grown-ups
"Make believe" with children ages 3-5.
Young children often use "make believe" play to try to make sense of the world. Replaying a scary scene with puppets, action figures, stuffed animals, toy vehicles, etc., can help a young child feel more in control.
- Watch your child at play. Show interest and ask questions to learn more: What's happening? What's this person doing? How is he feeling?
- You may want to join in the play, but let your child direct the outcome.
- Reassure your child by emphasizing how safe and secure you are together right now.