How to Explain the Russia-Ukraine War to Kids

The ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia has led to additional stress for families that are already amid a global pandemic and continually increasing inflation. Children, especially technology or gadget-friendly children, feel the stress too, as they often don't understand wars and feel bad about all the deaths and destruction. As a parent, you are responsible for making things easier for your kids by explaining complicated things to them. Here are a few suggestions on how to explain the Russia-Ukraine war to kids.

Being Age-Specific is Important

When explaining war to kids, you need to be age-specific. If your kid is aged seven or under, you can keep conversations about war to a minimum as they might not be familiar with the conflict. However, if your kid is more than seven years old, you need to tell the true facts about what's going on, but you should avoid getting into the gritty details.

Don't Avoid the Subject

It is also a wise idea not to ignore the topic or ask your kid to shut up if they are curious, as it might push them to get the information from somewhere else, especially unreliable sources. Ask about your kids' fears and tell them they are not in danger. You are there for them.

Take a Break from the News

If you think that all the negativity is stressing you or your kid out, you should take a break from the news. Put the phone down and spend quality time with your family. You can also do things together like sing, watch a movie, play video games or bake!

Share Positive News

When war-related news comes on TV, focus on positive news like people who helped others escape and people who provided shelter to strangers. This will make your kid realize that the world isn't as bad as it sometimes seems.

Help Those in Need

If you are financially stable, you can donate to the war victims or volunteer in any way to help those in need. Be a role model your kid can be proud or imitating. Doing even a little bit to help those who need it is better than sitting in front of the TV and blaming the politicians or the people who initiated the war.

Stay Calm

Your kid always looks up to you for inspiration. Even small kids imitate your behavior without realizing it. So, during this ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis, you should keep yourself calm. Show compassion towards those who deserve it and never spread false information or panic. When discussing the war with others, don't take comments personally but give logical responses.

Let Your Kid Express Their Emotions

As a parent, you also need to show your kid that it's okay to be scared or angry about traumatic events like war. They can express their feelings in front of you. Then you can teach them how to control those feelings and not let those feelings impact their day-to-day life and activities.






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