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Moms Talk: How Can Parents Calm Kids' Sept. 11 Fears?

Our question this week focuses on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Suppose you spent most of the weekend watching accounts of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. You took your family to see the .

Now your third grader is starting to ask some pretty pointed questions. He wants to know everything that is going on. He says he's afraid of terrorist attacks and is having a hard time sleeping.

So onto this week's question: What do you tell him and your other children to soothe their nerves?

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Laura Falk September 14, 2011 at 01:15 PM
My third grader & I went to see the flag display, looked at a few of the pictures in the newspaper and have discussed the basic facts. Luckily, he hasn't been scared of what we talked about - he seems more angry about it. He keeps calling the terrorists "idiots." If he were scared, I suppose we'd spend some time discussing the preventive measures the U.S. has taken since 9/11. It's an interesting question for this age group, as third graders are starting to move from more concrete to more abstract thinking. His questions have been very detail-oriented. "What exactly made the buildings fall?" "How did the terrorists steer the airplanes?" It's definitely a tough subject.
Martha Baur September 14, 2011 at 05:33 PM
My girls were very interested in the children whose parents died on 9/11. I bought the People Magazine with the Children of 911 on the cover. We read their stories together. Never did they ask why the terrorists did what they did, so I never talked about that. We did talk about how things happen in life that cause great sadness sometimes. They were very moved by what they read, even wanting to take the magazine to school to share it with friends. I think understanding a tragedy through the eyes of the children whose lives were affected was a very enlightening experience for my girls.

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