It was just a few years ago that my children started asking questions about what happened on 9 /11. They are young and weren’t born when the twin towers fell, but they are becoming more aware of that day and learning about it at school. Our town in N.J. commemorates the day with the local Girl Scouts delivering paper bag votives for each house to put at the end of their driveway. At night, all the streets are lined with these tiny white paper bag votives. It’s a beautiful and quiet but poignant reminder of those our nation lost 10 years ago.
That’s the first time they asked about 9/11… they wanted to know why people were delivering candles to our house and why we were lighting them.
As a parent… I was thinking “Uh oh… here it is… I don’t have anything prepared to answer their questions…”
I ended up telling them that on September 11th, 2001 the United States was attacked by people that didn’t like us, and don’t understand how great our country is. We lost a lot of Americans that day and that’s a way to remember them and honor them.
They shrugged and seemed to accept that.
They were 5 and 7 years old. More questions come as they become older. I’ve tried to shield them from pictures and video of that day for the time being until they get older. But in reality, the discussion about 9/11 is almost like the “birds and bees” talk. If we as parents don’t explain it to our kids… someone else will… in school, on the playground and through friends.
I found some really great articles for you to check out regarding speaking to your kids about the day that changed our lives forever.
I hope it helps…