Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on America, which resulted in almost 3,000 deaths–the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Sadly, it was not the last.
There was Fort Hood.
And the Boston Marathon.
Not to mention the countless other attacks overseas as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose and, for my Oklahomies and I, tornadoes every spring. It seems as though every time we turn on the television, check Facebook, or get an alert on our phones, something devastating is happening. For us adults, it can be hard to process. But, we find a way to work through it. Something I personally struggle with, however, is: “How do I talk to my kids about stuff like this?” Granted, Huff the Babe is so young that he has NO idea what’s going on. Huff the Tot is a tad bit more aware. But even though they’re still young, I think its never too early to learn how to discuss these hard topics with children.
Below are some helpful links to give you some guidance on how to talk with your children about terrorism as well as forces of nature (i.e., the hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.). I’ve also included this video from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (shameless plug: I LOVE Daniel Tiger! Not only has his show been proven to help children with emotional intelligence but there are awesome songs in every episode that help children grasp concepts that might have gone over their heads in a different format. We use Daniel’s songs EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. at the Huffman Homestead).
Have you discussed any of these events with your kids? Have some tips for other parents? Share in the comments below!