Have you talked to your kids about 9/11?
A friend of mine recently asked me what age I told my kids about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and it occurred to me that I never did make the first step to introduce that topic. They learned about it in school. My oldest was only 3 when the planes when into the World Trade Center and in addition to being traumatized like the rest of the country, I wanted to shield that little guy from such scary news.
It's not my finest parenting hour to admit that I never did introduce the topic as he got older. It was only when watching the news one day that he chimed in that they had talked about the 9/11 anniversary at school when he was in second or third grade. My younger one has suffered the same neglect. I just haven't brought the topic up very much because I will admit, I don't want to give the kid nightmares about planes and people wanting to kill us. But he knows about it too, also thanks to his teachers.
And they must have done a good job because neither kid is afraid to get on a plane or seems to have any problem talking about it now. I will say that while I didn't introduce the topic, I have talked about it since then and we've had some good discussions about what happened and why and how it has changed our country.
If you are thinking of attending one of the many services, concerts and memorials being held around the Tampa Bay area this week, we have rounded them all up here. And here's a list of all the TV specials planned by the networks to mark the 10 year anniversary.
So I ask, have you talked to your kids about 9/11 and how did you go about it?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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