In difficult situations, especially war, children look at their parents and older siblings to make them feel safe. Young children take wartime as a scary event because it brings fear and death to their lives.
It is very important to tackle the situation and manage the mental health of young children because they need our help to sort out their thoughts. Here we have mentioned some tips that you can use to teach your kid to move beyond the fears that wartime brings.
1. Answer Their Questions
During a hard time, always talk with your child and answer all their questions simply with reassurance. Never shut them and discount their feelings. Sit with them and tell them that this hard time will pass and everything will be alright.
2. Get Your Child’s Help
Involving your children in house chores during wartime makes them feel confident and responsible. This will also help the children to divert their minds from all the war situations.
3. Watch Out for Their Actions
Thousands of children are not good with their words, so watch their signs of anxiety and fear. Study their actions, for example, has your kid become extra sensitive or needs more hugs than usual? Encourage them to write their thoughts and draw pictures. It can help you check their mental state.
4. Put Things into a Positive Perspective
Make sure to limit the amount of news your kids watches or receives during wartime. Share with them stories about good things so they can look forward to it.