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It's surreal to get the news on delay.

We watch children's television in the morning (they don't break in with news) and get not-so-great radio reception indoors, so I didn't catch up on the morning news until I sat down at the computer, skimmed the NPR headlines (I set them as a Live Bookmark in Firefox) and refreshed my Friends page, where over half the posts are talking about the London attacks and particular people they're hoping to hear from.

I mentioned in a comment to a friend that I was thinking about how to talk to Laurel about the attacks, so I dug up a few resources other readers might find useful:
- Talking With Kids About War and Violence from PBS Parents
- Dealing With Disaster: Talk It Out, Take Care Of Yourself, Answer Kids' Questions from WebMD
- Talking With Kids About Tough Issues (aimed at communicating with 8-12 year olds)

...

It has been just-after-dawn dark here all day, thick cloud cover and it barely broke 80 degrees by 1100. Accuweather (via Forecastfox) gives our local weather forecast for today as "A stray afternoon t-storm, 98", but it's been rumbling for awhile now and Laurel keeps asking if it's going to thunder or not. I hope it brings some much-needed rain.

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lenabud
Jul. 7th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the sites, it's good to talk to your kids. I just wish I could keep them in a bubble forever.
saarlander
Jul. 12th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Events like these make me more conscious of the differences between a world I can handle living in and a world I would raise my children in.

Don't get me wrong, I think our world has much more good in it than bad, but I wouldn't want my children to think that bombs going off in places you wouldn't expect them is normal. I wouldn't want to have to think about how to explain that some people just wake up in the morning and want to kill people like you. Even harder would be to explain that some people take candy and say "the devil made me do it" and others take lives and say "god made me do it."

I don't think of myself as a coward but someone who makes the choice to raise a child in this world is definitely braver than I.
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