How to Talk to Kids About What’s Happening in Israel Right Now | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

Be honest with your children, but tailor your discussion to their age and emotional maturity. Younger children need simpler explanations, while older children may be able to handle more complex discussions.

W. Lee Warren, MD, is a neurosurgeon and author of Hope is the First Dose, a book about the human capacity to heal and find hope following grief and trauma. As someone who has lived and worked in war zones, here’s how he would talk about the Israel-Hamas war with his grandchildren. “With younger kids, I would avoid the geopolitical and religious aspects of this conversation and just focus on the human side—people are scared and hurting, people are fighting, and we need to think of them or pray for them, etc. For older children we can try to explain the centuries-old conflict and how each side believes that land is theirs, and thus it is a complex and difficult situation that has led to this rather than people just being evil or mean to each other.”

For older kids, you can also promote critical thinking by presenting different viewpoints and discussing the situation’s complexity, says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist and the director of Comprehend the Mind. “Teach them how to evaluate news sources for credibility and explore the real-world consequences of the conflict, including its impact on civilians and regional stability. ”


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