Worrying About War

Lately, the news has been full of stories about war. Kids may hear stories about war on TV or the radio, or they may hear adults or kids talking about it. Talk of war can be scary, upsetting, and confusing.

Some worry is normal. Too much worry might cause a stomachache, scary dreams, or make it hard to pay attention in school. If you are worried, scared, or confused it's important to talk to a parent, teacher, or counselor. They can help you feel better.

Some kids have parents or relatives who are in the military. Kids may be especially worried if someone they care about is - or might be - going to war.

If you're worried about war, you're not alone. Plenty of kids are feeling worried or scared. Still, you don't have to be stuck with your worries. You can learn what to do to feel better.

What can kids do when they are worried about war?

Ask your parents to explain to you what's going on. Scary things are even scarier when you don't understand them. It's easy for kids to get confused about what they hear adults talking about.

Talk to an adult. Tell a parent or a teacher how you're feeling and what you're worried about.

Draw a picture. Show what you're thinking about and how it makes you feel. If you want to, show it to a parent or teacher.

Write a story. Or write in a journal to tell how you feel or what you think. Writing about a worry or fear can help you feel much better.

Take it easy on the TV. Pictures and stories you see about war may be hard to understand and watch. Seeing those pictures over and over again can make you feel worse.

Do your normal activities or get involved with other things, whether it's riding your bike, playing with your friends, reading books, or doing homework.

Share extra time with the adults who care about you. Snuggling up with a parent or grandparent, or reading a story together, can help you feel protected and loved.

 (Article taken from www.kidshealth.org)