By Stefanie Camoni
Please take a moment to remember those who lost their lives and honor those who gave theirs.
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” —Rudy Giuliani
Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.
As we remember what happened, we may often try to protect children from hearing about a tragic event like this. We shield them from the pain but in doing so, we stifle their learning and understanding. It is important to discuss this and other events with children. They can see hurt, fear, and anger in us but don’t know why. This may make children anxious and upset. When we are open with children, we offer reassurance that we are there to support them no matter what. This will build a strong connection between yourself and a child.
Here are some tips when speaking to children about tragic events:
- Answer their questions honestly, with facts.
- Allow children to talk and show emotions.
- Monitor TV and internet access around specific events.
- Remind them they are safe and encourage hope.
Check out these articles and sites to get more specific ideas and ways to help children.