September 11, 2001 — I remember it VERY WELL. I think most adults do. A friend called and said to turn on the TV. I did. I didn’t leave it for hours. My boys were 4 and 7. They were largely oblivious. I think school was cut short that day. I don’t remember. They didn’t understand or ask many questions. #DadChat this Thursday — September 11, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET — will talk about HOW to discuss/explain such huge world tragedies and EVIL to our children. It is NOT easy to do. We should NOT protect them fully from the world’s travails but age appropriate talk is important.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Jennifer Weberman as co-host for this tough topic at #DadChat.
Dr. Jennifer Weberman is a Psychologist and Parent Coach with a private practice in Springfield, NJ. She also leads parenting workshops, writes blogs, and even had a weekly segment on my radio show sharing her wisdom on all things related to creating healthy families. You can visit her on her blog at TheParentingPlayground or her website at TransformationsTherapyCenter.
For this #DadChat, I will invite everyone to share where they were on 9/11. I’m old enough to remember where I was when JFK was shot. For many 9/11 was the first time many had a collective shared memory/tragic event.
Some suggested tweets to invite friends and others to this week’s #DadChat:
~~ Where were you on 9/11? How to explain tragedy/evil to your kids at #DadChat Thursday
~~ How do you explain something like 9/11 to your kids? #DadChat tomorrow.
~~ Tonight #DadChat asks where were YOU on 9/11 and HOW can we possibly explain such evil/horror to our kids.