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9/11 and Your Kids

With the 10th anniversary of September 11th just a couple days away, I’ve been reminiscing about where I was when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. I was a sophomore in college, sitting in my theater tech class, when news started to spread about the first tower being hit. We were immediately dismissed from class, and I returned to my dorm room to discover my roommate glued to the TV. We both watched in horror as another plane crashed into the second tower.

Some of you have kids who are old enough to remember 9/11. Some of your kids weren’t alive at the time, but have learned about that day in history at school or through the news. Having experienced that day for yourself, how are you talking to your kids about 9/11? This excellent article from Time magazine offers some helpful tips for a discussion with your child. People magazine also features an article this month about kids who never met their parents – parents who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Whatever conversation you have with your kids, be sure to include the good news of 9/11: that though thousands of lives were lost that day, thousands of lives were saved by those who fight to protect us every day. Because of the preparedness and sacrifice of firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians and rescue workers, nearly everyone who could have been saved was saved.

May God continue to bless the families, friends and loved ones of those who lost their lives in New York City, DC and Pennsylvania 10 years ago.