Children also respond to their parents’ PTSD symptoms.
A child may behave like the parent to try to connect with him or her. Some children take on an adult role to fill in for the parent with PTSD. If children do not get help with their feelings, it can lead to problems at school, in relationships, or with emotions.
- MilitaryKidsConnect (MKC) is an online community for military children (age 6-17) with resources for children to give support before, during, and after a parent’s or caregiver’s deployment.
- Sesame Street offers a Talk, Listen, Connect parent toolkit to help military families coping with deployment.
- It is important children know that a parent’s PTSD symptoms are not their fault. An interactive workbook for teens may help: “Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who has Experienced Trauma.”