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We have always been told that children should be seen and not heard, but in this day and age, it’s important to talk to our kids about the news. As a parent, you want to prepare your child for what they are going to experience in the world.
The Ukraine conflict is one of the most recent international events that might affect your children. How do you make sense of these complicated issues or explain how your opinion compares with theirs? Here are some tips on how to talk to your kids about Ukraine.
Start with a simple explanation of the conflict
Ukraine is a country on the border of Russia. It has been in conflict for some time now with Russia attacking from the inside and outside.
Start by breaking down the conflict into simple terms so your child can understand.
How it started: There are two groups of people living in Ukraine – one with strong ties to Russia and one that is pro-Ukraine. You can think about this like North Korea vs South Korea. One side wants to be pro-Russia, the other wanted to be separate from Russia.
How it’s happening now: There are two Ukrainian armies fighting against each other, but Russia has been sending soldiers over the border as well to help their side win.
What will happen next: The opposing Ukrainian army might win or they might lose, but either way there will be more fighting because both sides don’t want to give up.
Explain that people have different opinions
A great way to start the conversation is to explain that people have different opinions on what is happening in Ukraine. As a parent, you want to help your child understand how they can share their opinion without offending anybody.
You can also point out that some people believe that Russia should be able to invade eastern Ukraine, and others think Russia should leave Ukraine alone. You can ask your child which side of the argument do they agree with and why?
Encourage discussion and offer to answer questions
It’s important not to give your child one sided arguments and make them feel like they can’t ask any questions. Offer to answer their questions and encourage discussion. If they have an opinion, let them express it and allow them to think critically about what they are learning.
If you have a strong opinion, be open minded when discussing the subject with your child. You should listen to their point of view before you jump in with your own thoughts.
Remember to listen as much as you speak
Kids learn from what they see, so let them know that you’re there to listen. You can’t teach your child by telling them what to think about Ukraine. Listen without interrupting, and ask questions like “What do you think about the conflict?” or “What else do you want to know?”
The takeaway from this article should be that it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world around you. Whether it’s in your own backyard or halfway around the world, the events and news from these locations affect people from all over—including you. So don’t stay silent; start talking to your kids about the news today. Check out this book and help them become more involved and informed members in our increasingly global society.
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