Talking to Children About War

Talking to children about war

Recent events in Ukraine have affected us all, including our children. But how do we talk to our kids about these tragic global events? In this short video, we discuss how to respond to our children’s questions in a way that keeps them emotionally safe while still striving to raise them to become empathetic and compassionate individuals.

More Resources:

  • Children’s lives are marked by change. But what should you do when that change includes stressful situations, turbulent times, and tragic events? Watch this on-demand webinar to gain strategies to support your family: “What Happened to My World?” Helping Children Cope
  • Learn what you can do to help children feel safe and secure when stress and trauma disrupt your child’s life in this podcast episode: Teach. Play. Love. Episode 36: What Happened to My World? 
  • Originally created in response to 9/11, and updated in 2020 in response to the pandemic, the “What Happened to My World?” book helps parents and caregivers understand how children process troubling world events and offers strategies to help children cope. 
  • Through play, children work through a variety of issues that they find scary or frightening, such as bad dreams, violence, or current events. Learn more: Aggressive Play and Weapon Play: What It Means, Why Kids Do It, and How to Manage It
 

 

Written by: Bright Horizons Education Team

March 4, 2022

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