Worrying About War - for Kids

Worrying About War - for Kids

Most people want peace, not war. But sometimes conflicts and violence break out in the world. Kids may hear about this in the media, or they may hear adults or kids talking about it. Talk of war, weapons, or combat can be scary, upsetting, and confusing.

Some kids have parents, relatives, or neighbors who are in the military. Kids may be proud to know someone serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard. They can be worried, too — especially if someone they care about is serving in a place where there's fighting.

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. Having someone to talk to can make a kid feel better. Grownups also can teach kids what they can do to help themselves feel better.

Here are some suggestions for kids who feel worried:

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: July 2015

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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