Supporting Children During Difficult Times ~ How to Talk to Kids About Ukraine
Experts say listening to our children and providing reassurance can help them feel secure in the wake of distressing world or national news or events in your community. These resources can help you support them and talk about issues they’re likely hearing about in a developmentally appropriate way.
Talking to Children about War
The attack on Ukraine has evoked many emotions including anger, fear, anxiety, worry, and confusion. It has also created safety concerns for the region that reach into our own country. Some families may be worried about loved ones who are directly impacted, including those who live in the area; those who were visiting and are trying to get back to the United States; or those who are deployed as part of the military, government, or a relief organization. Caregivers and children alike may be struggling to make sense of what they are seeing and hearing. Children of all ages will be turning to trusted adults for help and guidance. Parents and caregivers can help navigate what they are seeing and hearing by having a conversation with them, acknowledging their feelings, and finding ways to cope together.
Experts say listening to students and providing reassurance can help them feel secure in the wake of distressing world or national news or events in your community. These strategies can help you support students and talk about issues they’re likely hearing about in a developmentally appropriate way.
Knowing that these conversations are important is one thing, figuring out the best way to navigate them is something else. Our experts chimed in with their best tips for making these conversations developmentally appropriate for kids.