This Sunday is the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. It was a horrific day in the history of the United States and for many of us, the sights and scars of that day are still as fresh as ever in our minds.
We all have our stories about where we were, who we lost, and how we were affected. But what do our children know of 9/11? My eldest daughter is 8 years old and has only heard briefly about the events of that day. Teenagers, who were young elementary students at the time, may have filled in their memories of the day with bits and pieces of information gleaned from the news, their parents, or more than likely their friends.
As the anniversary approaches, people are talking more and more about 9/11 — what happened, why it happened, and who was responsible, and not all of the information surrounding the event is entirely accurate. But how do you talk to your kids about something so intense and painful without scaring them unnecessarily?
This MNN post does a great job of explaining how to talk to kids of various ages about 9/11. I also highly recommend the video posted below from Nickelodeon, "What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2011." I think it does a great job of capturing the gravity of that day without glamorizing the horror. It helped me realize just how confusing it must be for kids who were not even born yet to understand how painful 9/11 still is to so many people.
Have you talked to your children about the events of Sept. 11, 2001?