How Do You Talk To Your Kids About 9/11?

Today is just another day for my sons.

They aren’t mourning the loss of their father or other loved ones.

They aren’t visting a memorial to honor the victims in the Twin Towers.

In fact, if you mentioned 9/11, my kids wouldn’t know what you were talking about.

My children were born in a post-9/11 world.  They never saw the heartwrenching photos of New Yorkers fleeing their beloved city.  Or of firefighters placing an American flag in the rubble.

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We were so lucky to not have lost a family member or a friend on that day.  My kids are so very  blessed to not have experienced the very real and very tragic nightmare of that day.

I still remember 9/11.  I still remember waking up to the replay of the plane hitting the Tower.  I still remember going into work, feeling totally and utterly helpless here in California.  I still remember calling our dozens of consultants all over the country.  I still remember waiting to hear from Satyapal – scheduled to work in the Towers that week.  I still remember the cheers of joy from the building when we received an email from him. He was alive.  I still remember crying in the bathroom at work for people that I never knew and their families who didn’t know if their loved one was alive.

So now, how do I talk to my children about that day?  When do I talk to them about it?  How do I explain 9/11?  What do I say?

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