The kids have been through a lot.
Finally seeing light at the end of a two year tunnel they are now hearing talk of war.
Their minds are absorbing everything they hear and see on the news and in the playground, and if you think those worries do not run deep, you are wrong.
You see, to them the world is a shaky place.
Not to be relied upon.
Things can change overnight and this they know very well.
Bad things can happen.
It is, and has been, their reality.
So, what can we do?
We can talk.
Talk until there are no words left to be said and then when that point is reached, hug.
Keep a calm environment, make safety and love the aim of life right now.
But above all, keep your door open.
Do not berate little visitors at night.
Do not expect perfect teens with sunny dispositions and for the love of all that is reasonable, do not expect academic achievement.
This is huge to them and comes hot off the back of a traumatic and frustrating time.
They are kids.
Teachers, carers, parents…
Keep your mind open, keep your heart open
but most importantly of all,
keep your door open.
Art by Lucy Campbell #lucycampbellart