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I spoke with my 9 year-old about it (my 5 year-old was there, but didn’t seem to care… he didn’t “get it”). We watched a little of the news, and he had questions similar to the ones your children had. He didn’t understand why the people who were hurt couldn’t just go to the hospital, and he was confused about why all of the houses collapsed.
I think it’s important for children to understand that not everyone lives like we do in the U.S. I grew up very sheltered from anything outside of my town, and I don’t want that to happen to my kids. I think that with big issues like this, kids process what they “can” and think about it a little at a time. We should be careful to not overload them with images (mental or visual), but should definitely explain what we as parents feel comfortable with.
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Wow. My kids haven’t really asked. I am thinking maybe I should ask them what they’ve seen or learned. They are 11 & 12. I think they are old enough to discuss the basics.
Here’s my post back about it: http://ow.ly/Xd8s
This is a great topic. My children are always asking us questions about things and sometimes they are very hard to answer. For instance, why do bad things happen that kill people? Why does God let bad things happen? I try to explain about life being hard and that unfair things do happen. My children are still very young so I don’t necessarily let them sit and watch the news everyday, but I also don’t want to completely shelter them either. Yes, sometimes their questions will be hard to answer, but I think it is better to be real with our kids.
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