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Helping Children Tackle the Tough Questions of War
Kids ask a lot of tough questions, none tougher than those about acts of violence, terrorism and war. As parents continue to grapple with their own fears, anger and sadness about the complex and ongoing world situation, they also must be conduits for information and reassurance for their kids.
Karen Friedland-Brown, parent educator from Parents Place in Palo Alto, says the questions a child asks and the explanations parents provide depend on the individual child, his or her age, temperament and level of development.
Some guidelines apply no matter the age of your child:
children that parents are in control.
or engage in a dialogue.
what the child is asking without giving too much information. Young children particularly need information in small increments.
Communicating with Preschool-age Children
Young children worry about separation from you and whether you will continue to take care of them. They also may worry about otherchildren who could be affected by war.
Preschoolers ask very basic questions that can be hard to answer. They need responses that are short, simple and factual.
countries fight against each other.
School-age Children Ask Specifics
By age 6 or 7, children may have specific questions about the facts of war: