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10:06 am: How to talk about the war to children?

How to explain the war to children? This question has tormented more than one parent since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the abundant media coverage of which questions and worries the youngest. “The day after the announcement of the conflict, we already had more than fifty questions and it was pouring in, it was pouring in,” recalls Camille Laurans, editor-in-chief of 1jour1actu, the Internet program for CM1, CM2 and 6th graders. (Milan Press editions).

“Among the little ones, the question was not even + is the war going to be in my house? + Because Ukraine they don’t even know where it is, ”she continues. They thought “the war was at their doorstep”, as they had heard it, and wondered where they were going to flee and whether their father would go to war tomorrow. 1jour1actu has decided to “avoid immersion in emotion, the children were already bathed in it, and on the contrary to offer them a bath of understanding little by little”.

The way we address the little ones also differs significantly from the older ones. “Before 5 years old, they will especially feel the concerns around them and above all they must be reassured by explaining to them that they are not responsible, because they tend to bring everything back to themselves”, explains Marie-Noëlle Clément, director of the Children’s Day Hospital André Boulloche.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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