Helping children cope with war and trauma

It can be confusing to know just what to say to young children and how much to discuss war and violence.

Children under 2 probably don’t understand what is happening in the world around them but react to the tension and anxiety in their environment. Keeping routines constant and providing quiet downtime will help your young child cope.

Children between 3 and 5 years old need to have their questions answered at a developmentally appropriate level. Reassure them that responsible adults are in charge of the crisis and that they and their family are not in danger.

Here’s a parenting tip: turn off news programs when young children are around. YOU control the information they need to have and how it is presented.

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