The 15th anniversary of September 11th is this weekend. And for many the memory is etched in our minds forever. Terrorist attacks shattered our sense of safety. As parents you may wonder what you should tell your kids about the tragedy.
Tell your kids the facts based on their developmental level. Here are the facts. Four airplanes were hijacked. Two crashed in the World Trade Center in NYC, one into the Pentagon in Arlington and one into an empty field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 died in the tragedy. Focus on the positive such as the selfless ways that many people helped survivors. The dogs who searched for survivors. September 11th is our country's history, which will be discussed in school.
Many children will ask you if they're safe and if another terrorist could happen. As much as you want to reassure you children, you must not give them false promises. You can't guarantee that there'll never be another terrorist attack. Focus on the measure our country has taken to keep our citizens safe. Tighter airport security. Locked cockpits. Share the ways that you're keeping your children safe at home and at school.
When talking with adults the conversation, language and level of details may change. Share your emotions and stories of where you were and what you were doing the tragedy occurred. Also, talk about the ways that the terrorist attack impacted you and your world views. Remember to respect others' opinions and perspectives.
Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.
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