After science journalist and author Melinda Wenner Moyer published the NY Times article, How to Talk to Your Kids About Ukraine, I knew we had to have her back on Spawned to elaborate on her 5 expert tips.

You may remember Melinda from our recent interview on raising kids to be kind, empathetic, awesome grown-ups based on her top-selling book, and I’m so grateful she took the time to take us through  the 5 tips in her article with more detail:

How to talk to kids about Ukraine: Advice from Melinda Wenner-Moyer based on her popular NYT article

1. Take cues from your kid
2. Look for signs that your kid is feeling anxious
3. Don’t bombard kids with news or scary images
4. Get to the root of their fear
5. Appease their concerns while taking them seriously

Listen now to this short interview, and I think it will help answer a lot of the questions we’ve all struggled with, no matter how old our kids.

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Other helpful resources and related links from this episode

Expert tips for talking to your kids about “funny” WW3 memes they’re sharing
Tips for 10 hard talks every parent will have with their kids
Raising Good Humans podcast with Dr. Aliza Pressman
7 news podcasts designed for kids
Common Sense Media list of best news sources for kids
– Tips for 10 hard talks every parent will have with their kids
The Week Junior: We’re both big fans
– What we can do to help Ukraine right now: Where to donate, who to call

The Week Junior is an excellent, kid-friendly resource for teaching kids about the news of the world

A recent cover of The Week Junior Ukraine coverage via @TheWeekJuniorUS


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Melinda: The ApplePlus original series, Severance. (Liz started watching it on Melinda’s recommendation and whoa — it’s phenomenal!)

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