Not only do we have to ensure that our doors are locked, that we rip up or shred everything with our name on it, be especially careful when sharing information about our children on social media sites, and worry when they go to school that another child may have been harmed in some way, so that they want to come in with guns blazing, but once again we must be concerned about the potential threat of another war. While this one will be short and sweet, it is never in a parent’s To-Do List to prepare their family for the potential for a nuclear holocaust; a promise that could very well be carried forth if Russia once again engages the United States in a war that no one will win.
How do we help our children to understand everything that is going on today? Back when many of us were children, the Cold War was frightening enough since it lasted for the better part of the second half of the 20th Century. Now do we simply tell our kids, ‘Don’t worry, kids, death will be short and sweet. We won’t really even see it coming.’ Children should never have to worry about such things!
Children are dealing with all of this though. In the 80s and 90s, we may have heard blurbs now and then, but today, with television, print media and social media, kids get news from every which direction. It is difficult to monitor everything all at once. So, we must be prepared to explain.
First we need to remember that the United States is probably the best well off nation in the world. We have freedoms that many countries will never experience – at least in our lifetimes. Children in various nations will never know the safety and security that our children realize on a daily basis. Perhaps that is why it is so hard for us to explain to our children the changes that are once again occurring (and not for the better) in this chaotic world that we live in.
Parents need to remain as calm as they possibly can for their children. If the kids see how much the threat is bothering their parents, they will not be able to help but be afraid! Parents must remain the center post; holding up for their children.
There is a saying, ‘Yesterday is the past. Tomorrow is the future. But today is the gift. That is why it is called the present.’ We can all just live for today and pray that tomorrow will come. If we show fear to our children of what may be, it may have very negative outcome; one in which a parent never wants to face!