- Welcome to Ukraine Parenting Response set up to provide practical tips to parents and caregivers so they can help themselves and their children cope in the current crisis.
- All the tips can be downloaded in PDF formats and are open source to allow sharing.
- This page will continue to be updated as more resources become available.
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Tips to help parents manage their feelings
and help their children feel safe and supported. Tips 1-7
1: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF SO YOU CAN SUPPORT CHILDREN
- When the stress is too much, take a moment for yourself.
- Listen to your breath as it goes in and out.
- You can put a hand on your stomach and feel it rise and fall with each breath.
- Then just listen to your breath for a while.
Try this every day. You are amazing.
2: PRACTICAL WAYS TO HELP US COPE
- Even when it feels hard, try to have some daily routines for yourself.
- Routines help children feel safe. If you can, do daily routines like meals or schoolwork.
- Helping someone else can make you feel better too.
Our children learn calm and kindness from us.
3: HELP CHILDREN COPE WITH CRISIS
- Children may be scared, confused and angry. They need your support.
- Listen to children when they share how they are feeling.
- Accept how they feel and give them comfort.
- Be honest but try to stay positive.
Every evening, praise children and yourself for something.
4: FIVE MINUTES OF POSITIVE TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN
- Ask children what they would like to do.
- Listen to them, look at them.
- Give them your full attention.
Playing with and talking to children every day helps them feel secure.
5: COPING WITH STRESS, UPSET AND ANGER
- Find someone who you can talk to about how you are feeling.
- Losing your temper? Give yourself a 10-second pause.
- Breathe in and out slowly five times. Then try to respond in a calmer way.
Be proud of yourself every time you try this.
6: SMALL THINGS HELP KEEP CHILDREN SAFE
- Make plans with children about practical ways to keep safe.
- Try to keep children with parents, family or friends you trust.
- Make a plan together for what to do if you are separated.
Planning with children helps them feel safer too.
7: BUILDING CHILDREN’S STRENGTH IN A CRISIS
- Ask children to help with family tasks.
- Praise children for trying or doing well.
- This will help them do good things again.
Praising children shows them that you notice and care.
[EU & free transport info here . Anti-trafficking hotlines here. UNHCR help for Poland and other countries. Teach your child the free Europe emergency call: 112]
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