Russia-Ukraine tensions: How families and kids can keep calm and carry on

What are concerned genitori and grandparents to do as they aim to keep their homes and their households — including their children’s and grandchildren’s lives — running as smoothly as possible during stressful times?

For wisdom, consiglio, common sense and a faithful perspective, Fox News Digital asked a variety of leaders and others for their views as news about a Russian invasion spreads. Read on for some thoughtful advice and insights.

‘Help our children be at peace’

Misty Phillip, a Christian mom and inspirational podcaster based in Austin, Texas, condivisa, “Peace is not the absence of problems but the presence of God.

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She expanded on this: “We cannot control the chaos we see happening in the world today, but by addressing the world through a lens of faith and prayer, we can help our children be at peace.

Phillip also said, “Prayer is the bridge between panic and peace.

‘Leave phones in another room

Kathy Koch, PhD, an education psychologist in Fort Worth, Texas, and a faculty member with Summit Ministries (Summit.org), shared these wise words: “Plan to have ongoing conversations with children and not one discussion. This way parents won’t overwhelm children with all that they think they should pass on.

Lei ha aggiunto, “It makes it easier to for parents to bring up the topic again when they learn something new without children declaring, ‘We already talked about that.’ This attitude also makes it easier for children to circle back to the topic when they have a new question because they don’t believe their parents will declare, ‘We already talked about that.’

Said Dr. Kathy Koch about talking to kids about difficult issues, "Children tell me all the time that they won’t talk about hard things if there’s a chance their mom’s phone will ring or ting. They know their mom will be distracted and they’ll have to start over."

Said Dr. Kathy Koch about talking to kids about difficult issues, “Children tell me all the time that they won’t talk about hard things if there’s a chance their mom’s phone will ring or ting. They know their mom will be distracted and they’ll have to start over.(iStock)

Koch also advised, “Share information with children you believe they can process. Ricorda, when your five-year-old asked where babies come from you didn’t give a OB-GYN lesson.

Founder and president of Celebrate Kids Inc., Koch also noted, “Leave phones in another room if you expect to go deep. Children tell me all the time that they won’t talk about hard things if there’s a chance their mom’s phone will ring or ting. They know their mom will be distracted and they’ll have to start over. Non vogliono. Once was hard enough.

Then —Thank children for trusting you with their concerns. If they’re confused, tell them you’re sorry because you know confusion is frustrating and makes decision-making hard. Remind them,” added Dr. Koch, “that ‘God is not a God of confusion’ (1 'I Kardashian 14:33).”

If kids are confused during stressful times, advised Kathy Koch, PhD, "tell them you’re sorry because you know confusion is frustrating and makes decision-making hard." Above all — be there for them.

If kids are confused during stressful times, advised Kathy Koch, PhD, “tell them you’re sorry because you know confusion is frustrating and makes decision-making hard.Above all — be there for them. (iStock)

Dott. Koch also advised, “If you don’t know the answer, say so. Learn with your children. It’s OK to not know everything. They’ll appreciate your vulnerability and it’s much better than being caught making up something later, as they can now wonder about all that you share.

Inoltre, lei disse, “Praying Scripture can be very helpful because we maybe don’t know how to pray. Per esempio, from ESV: ‘Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him’ (Daniel 2:20-22).”

Dott. Koch shared this Scripture as well: “‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.'

A woman is shown praying with a Bible open in front of her. Said Kathy Koch, PhD, quoting Scripture, "'Be still, and know that I am God.'"

A woman is shown praying with a Bible open in front of her. Said Kathy Koch, PhD, quoting Scripture, “‘Be still, and know that I am God.'

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