Discussing the crisis in a safe environment with a trusted adult can help to allay anxiety and fear, combat misinformation and, for older kids, even create an opportunity to understand how they are part of a global community.
So desperate are they to be safe and have opportunities apart from violence, poverty and crime. These are children who simply want to be safe. To go to school, get a job and build a life. A life they simply cannot envision in their countries of origin.
Here is the thing -- what is reality? Seriously. I'm not trying to be esoteric, metaphysical, philosophical or transcendental, honestly. But I have come to see that my view of reality is skewed -- distorted and one-sided
Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give and to empathize from a very young age. It has nothing to do with pity. An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.