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03/20/03 - Tyler

Counselor Suggests Speaking to Children About War

War is confusing. To children, not even born the last time we fought Iraq, the imagination can overrun reality.

"People don't get along, and when they don't, we can have a war." says 7 year old Hannah.

11 year old Andrew says, "The people around me are protecting me."

They say they've got a good handle on what's happening.

"When the president spoke, we were all watching it and he told us about the war." Andrew's parents spoke to him about what this war is.

"Then [my parents said] 'What you were feeling? Mad, angry, or sad?' And I was feeling mad and sad."

At Andy Woods Elementary, counselor Patty Porter says little is said in the classroom. Parents are the best sounding board for curious kids.

"There are great family relationships that are built when parents and children talk. [Children are] looking for definitions: 'Who is this, what is this, what will happen if...'"

TV is not the right teacher.  This war is live all the time. And may get too intense even for adults.

"For the youngest children, below the age of seven, there's not a reason they need to be involved watching TV," Porter says.

A careful discussion can do wonders to ease nerves. And they need reassurance. Kids are very perceptive.

"Since we've had wars before, I know it will end up with someone winning and someone losing, and I just hope that everything gets back to normal pretty soon," Hannah hopes.

"People my age sometimes don't know what what's going on. Some people do know, and I think they can handle it," Andrew adds.

Teaching the next generation good versus evil can help them shape the world they want.

Reported by Morgan Palmer

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