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9/11 What it means to our kids.

Original post made by Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Sep 9, 2011

All the talk, remembrances and special events that are happening this weekend are aimed at those of us old enough to remember the day well.

For those of us with teens, it is a confusing memorial to things they were too young to understand at the time, but probably something they want to understand better now. I spoke with my own teens about what happened to us as a family that day, what happened at their schools and how we struggled to explain to them what was happening and why they should be not afraid. They had vague memories of the day and they wanted to tell me of their memories and their misconceptions. I was very surprised at what they remembered of the day itself.

I recommend talking to them again and remind them of what we were so wrapped up in at the time and why things changed. This is possibly their first chance of living history which their children will learn about in school and what they experience this weekend will be something they can share with their children and grandchildren.

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Posted by important
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

it is more important to absorb the experience and try to make things better and fair.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I told my young kids that we were attacked by some fundamentalist Muslims. And that we then attacked them. They asked me, in their own way, who these people were. I explained that they took their holy book very seriously, and that their holy book demands the death or subjgation of all nonbelievers.

I would tell them the same thing, today. Because it is the simple truth.

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