164. Protecting Innocence: Talking to Children About War

The world weeps as innocence crumbles amidst the madness of war in Gaza and Israel. This is an impromptu episode based on the conflict in the middle east. Dr. Lia Gaggino unravels the profound impact on children who bear no responsibility for the conflict yet suffer its horrifying consequences of human depravity. She also shares the powerful guidance of renowned pediatric associations on how to soothe children, families, and ourselves amid the chaos and tragedy. As the world witnesses the horrors of armed conflicts and the devastating effect on innocent lives, we must pause and reflect. Dr. Lia offers indispensable insights and coping techniques to protect children’s mental health worldwide. So, brace yourself for an emotionally charged discussion that demands our attention and humanity. Prepare to be moved, inspired, and called to action. Remember, together, we can heal, rebuild, and create a safer, more compassionate future for every child.

[00:33 -04:23] The Impact of Trauma on Children

  • Trauma bonds and the need for emotional support during times of crisis
  • The fight, flight, freeze response and its manifestation in the current situation
  • The importance of adults being emotional containers for children

[04:24 – 08:33]  Strategies for Coping and Self-Care

  • The significance of sleep in maintaining emotional well-being
  • The consequences of exhaustion on our ability to be our best selves
  • The importance of staying informed without becoming overwhelmed

[08:34 – 11:01]  Protecting the Innocence and Ensuring Safety

  • Advocating for moments of humanitarianism amidst the chaos
  • The responsibility to allow innocent children to flee to safety
  • The collective failure if any child is left unprotected

[11:02 – 13:19] The Dangers of Dehumanization and Othering

  • The link between dehumanization and the ability to harm others
  • The power of seeing a child’s soul in their eyes to prevent harm
  • The unimaginable nature of the atrocities committed against children

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Links to resources mentioned on the show

 

AAP Resources:

Academy’s policy statement, “

For guidance on how to talk with children about what is going on in Israel and Gaza, see this 

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For families about how to shield their children from traumatic events in the news and on social media go 

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AACAP Resources

  • AACAP Facts for Families, “Terrorism & War – How to Talk to Children”
  • AACAP Facts for Families, “News & Children”
  • AACAP Facts for Families, “Disaster: Helping Children Cope”
  • AACAP Disaster Resource Center
  • Disaster Liaison Network Resource Library
  • Terrorism & War Resource Library

Additional Resources

  • Talking to Children About War – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • Coping After Disaster – American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 988
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”)

Key quotes for Twitter:

“Beware of social media, maintain routines, engage with your trusted family and community, manage the well-being of the adults ourselves and reach out to others when the overwhelm is too much”. … Dr. Lia Gaggino on self care during hard times.

 

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