6. Take care of yourself
You’ll be able to help your kids better if you’re coping, too. Children will pick up on your own response to the news, so it helps them to know you’re calm and in control.
If you’re feeling anxious or upset, take time for yourself and reach out to other family, friends and trusted people in your community. Make some time to do things that help you relax and recuperate.
7. Offer them a practical way you can help as a family
Taking action as a family can help to reassure your child that they have done something to help the people or situation they are worried about.
This can be as simple as drawing a picture, writing to a decision maker or donating $5 to a charity working in the conflict zone
. This can help them to feel like they have done something good to help the situation.
8. Close conversations with care
It’s important to know that we’re not leaving children in a state of distress. As your conversation wraps up, try to gauge their level of anxiety by watching their body language, considering whether they’re using their usual tone of voice and watching their breathing.
Remind your children that they can have other difficult conversations with you at any time. Remind them that you care, you’re listening and that you’re available whenever they’re feeling worried.
If you or a loved one is struggling, reach out to Kids HelpLine at any time on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
How UNICEF is supporting children in Ukraine
Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have been displaced. They have been forced to leave everything behind: their homes, schools, and often, their family members.
UNICEF is ramping up efforts to deliver emergency support to the most vulnerable children and families, including:
- Safe water to communities where water systems are barely functioning.
- Health care and nutrition support where services are severely lacking or have shut down entirely.
- Protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.
- Mental health and psychosocial support.
Please help send life-saving supplies to children and families today.