Teachable Moments – Talking about 9/11…or not

Parenting is all about teachable moments . . . taking moments as they naturally come and use them to teach a lesson about life.  Once, my now 8-year old son asked me why don’t you sell your car and buy a convertible?  So we had a talk about how money is made/earned, supply and demand, and depreciation . . . all on a level that he could understand.  Whether that lesson actually stuck is a separate question.

Somehow, we’ve managed to make it through the last few weeks without being bombarded by stories and images of September 11, 2001.  This means that our kids’ views of the event haven’t been shaped by the media coverage or political speeches.  It seems like a teachable moment.  The lesson outline is still forming in my mind.  There are countless resources available online to talk to kids about it.  But that assumes that you’ve decided to teach them about it.

If you have children who have only known a post-9/11 America, have you chosen to talk to them about what happened that day and since?  Why or why not?  If you have, what was the one take-away lesson you try to impress on them?

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