A Thanksgiving Conversation

Posted by Paulina Chu on

War and Peace

As parents, we want our children to grow up in a perfectly nurtured and positive environment, but at the same time, we must instill in them a broad understanding of the world.  Thanksgiving is an excellent time to discuss the historical context of war, but it is also critical to address the ongoing realities of modern conflicts. We can help our children develop empathy, critical thinking skills, and a deeper appreciation for the peace we have by having conversations about the impact of war today.  Although it is never easy to talk to children about war, it would be better for parents to help the little ones become aware of this subject with the correct guidance and attitude, rather than them coming across it from social media or overheard conversations among adults without the proper context.  Let’s look at how to talk to our kids about modern war in relation to Thanksgiving while maintaining sensitivity and cultivating their understanding.

Girl talking to parents

Use an age-appropriate approach

We should always consider the age and maturity levels of children before discussing modern war. Younger children may have difficulty grasping complex concepts, whereas older children can participate in more nuanced discussions. It is best to adapt our approach to their developmental stage, using books, language, and examples that are appropriate and relatable to them. We should be prepared to respond to their questions honestly and sensitively and don’t worry if you don’t seem to find the appropriate answer to their questions or concerns.  What is important is that you are there to listen to what they have to say and to acknowledge their feelings.

Understanding the consequences of war

It would be more effective to start by asking your kids what they know about war and its consequences. This can help you to assess their current knowledge and correct any misconceptions they may have since there is so much false information and misleading reporting on social media nowadays. It is so important to discuss war because it is such a complex and difficult topic for the kids to grasp by themselves.  The focus should be on the humanitarian aspect of modern war and its impact on people's lives. Sharing stories about people and organizations that help and support those affected by conflict can give a more positive approach to the topic. Discuss the difficulties that refugees face, as well as the importance of compassion and empathy in times of crisis. Children can better understand the consequences of war and the importance of working toward peace by emphasizing the human element.

Girl reading with Grandma

Working towards a better world

Thanksgiving is a great time to talk about how we can make the world a better place. We should encourage our children to consider small acts of kindness that they can carry out to make a difference in the lives of others affected by war.  Discuss the significance of being grateful for the peace and stability we have and how we can express our gratitude by supporting organizations that help those affected by conflicts.  We can help them develop empathy and a sense of responsibility for a more peaceful future by offering open conversations, emphasizing humanitarian aspects, encouraging critical thinking, and promoting acts of kindness and gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving and Stay Sparky!

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