Nuclear war can be a tricky subject to approach with children.
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They could have the words on TV and wonder what they mean, or heard a conversation at school where people were discussing it.
But if they have got questions about it, then there are ways to comfort and inform them.
Here are some ideas:
- Remind them about the good things in the world, so that they feel comforted.
- Tell about the not-so-good things too, so that they have a good understanding.
- Make it as easy as possible for them to understand.
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- Sometimes, talking about difficult experiences of the past such as an accident or bad dreams can help engage them.
- Try and remain optimistic.
- Let them know that they have family and friends who love them and want to look after them.
- Remind them of how strong and brave they are.
- If you believe in God, tell them to pray for peace.
- Explaining the life and death scenario, how nothing is certain and how on-one can predict the future could end the conversation well.
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- Remember that the internet is awash with scary things and your children will hear snippets of the news or rumours from school friends.
- Make sure they are comfortable with what you have told them, that it has gone in and if they have any questions, you answer them as honestly as possible.