1. Explain to the child why you are here now: “It is safe here now, there are no hostilities, here we can normalize and think about how we can help our family and our country.”
2. Discuss together what happened. Emphasize that loved ones who are left behind will feel more at ease knowing that the children are safe.
3. Set a time for the news and discuss what you hear with the children if they are involved in the viewing.
4. Facilitate the communication of the teenager with peers using video communication and offline.
5. Create a space for conversations where the child can talk to you, share concerns, ask questions. Listen to the child’s opinion, do not criticize his statements, do not devalue the questions and find answers to them together.
6. Recreate home traditions and rituals or create new ones: joint walks or tea parties, joint reading or watching a movie.
7. Support the teenager when he/she shares his/her feelings, may cry, do not immediately try to stop him/her, help him/her (avoid statements like “don’t cry, you have to hold on”, “don’t think about it now”, “stop talking about it » etc.), and ask what kind of support the child needs.
8. Offer the teenager to participate in a psychological support group for teenagers.
9. Hug the child if he wants it.