What do I tell my kids about the 9/11 attacks? Here are a few parenting tips and conversation starters to have that difficult discussion. #NeverForget
5 Things I Told My Kids About 9/11 #NeverForget
They’re so young, and yet, as a mom, I can’t help but to reflect on 9/11 with my kids. It’s the 13th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in American History. Perhaps it’s part of my own grief recovery or the motivation to prevent such a tragedy again, but even at such a young age, my kids can take away something from September 11, 2001. So today, I’m sharing and reflecting with 5 Things I Told My Kids About 9/11. I will #NeverForget
1. The World Is Not Perfect
I would be lying if I told my kids that everyone was loving, kind, and built the same way. Just as we are not perfect, the world isn’t perfect either. People can be evil, mean and hurtful.
2. Hate Is Never the Answer
Just because the world isn’t perfect, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love the people in it. It can be hard, REALLY hard to do sometimes. But Hate is never the answer.
3. Heroes Live Among Us
While we sit and teach our kids about super heroes and super powers, it’s important to remember that everyday heroes are right here. There are so many people that put themselves in harm’s way, that do acts of kindness, and are always wearing their “Clark Kent” glasses.
4. Some Memories Are Not Always Good Ones
I want my kids to always have wonderful, beautiful memories. But it wouldn’t be right to tell them that all situations bring rainbows and sunshine. Difficult memories will come. It’s how we face these memories and learn from them that make the difference. Take those bad memories and make them count. Turn them into motivation for better memories.
5. There Is Always Hope
There’s always tomorrow. There’s a perfect place called heaven. There are always people that love you. There is always hope, even in the midst of terrible darkness.
I hugged them a little tighter today. I gave them a few more kisses. And we didn’t forget. #NeverForget
Do you talk to your kids about 9/11? What do you say?
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Gari Anne says
Perfect things to tell the little ones when explaining 9-11!
This is so beautifully written – thanks, Christie!
This 5 things are a great idea to explain children how the world works. I
know that sometimes talking isn’t so easy, when we have older kids. After
all these days will come and we must be ready to explain not always a
Love your post! so beautiful and so true