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9/05/02 - Tyler

Your Kids and 9-11

   September 11th, 2001, innocent little faces at Bell Elementary left the safe harbor of their classroom to find out from their parents, their world had been forever altered.

    A year later Michelle Reid, a mother of three is preparing for the range of emotions and questions from her children.

   "The anniversary has kind of got us all in a tizzy," says Michelle Reed, a mother. "Video is going to be showing and I am going to be assuring my children it is not happening again, not only that. I want my children to know they are safe."

   East Texas students posed questions then about why anyone would kill thousands of Americans. Teacher Ken Williams is going to do exactly what therapists suggest, let the kids be the guide.

   "I decided," says Ken Williams, "If the subject came up and the children asked questions that I would just talk about the good even though it's a time of remembrance of something that was bad."

   ETMC therapist Beth McGaughey says your child's emotions should not be ignored. If they need to talk about the anniversary of the attack, take the time.

   Even more important for younger kids, says Beth McGaughey, "Reduce the TV time on that you know reliving the images of the tragedy."

   Therapists offer this additional advice for your children and 9-11. Be supportive, entitle children to their feelings. Give reassurance and spend more time with your children, and give them simple answers to their questions. Also, avoid graphic details about the attacks.

And parents and teachers should keep an eye on children withdrawing or changing their sleeping patterns in the coming weeks this could mean more reassurance is in order.

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