Russia’s attack on Ukraine has not only caused international outrage, but also stress and fear for people around the world—including children.
Nowadays, kids have easier access to newsfeeds through social media, and seeing images of violence can cause concern and anxiety.
While it can be daunting to figure out where to even start, having these conversations is important, experts say. Creating an open dialogue lets children know their parents can help them process their emotions, says Mari Kurahashi, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Stanford University Children’s Health and co-director of the Stanford Parenting Center.
Here, Kurahashi offers several suggestions for parents to best help their kids understand this difficult situation:
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