How to talk 9/11 tragedy with post-9/11 kids
PADUCAH, Ky. - Most Americans take time to reflect and remember the victims and heroes from 9/11. Most schools make time for memorials and moments of silence, but a growing number of children in those classes didn't live through the horror of September 11, 2001.
Experts say talking to kids about the tragedy doesn't have to be tricky.
Jennifer Villarreal, LPCC for Four Rivers Behavioral Health, told Local 6 one of the most important things for parents to remember is that their children won't have the same emotions associated with the day as they do. To kids born after 9/11, the day is a history lesson.
"Talking about the gory details isn’t necessarily important to get the point across to your younger children," she said. "From your older ones, you’ll want to take the lead from them, see what they remember, let them talk to you about their memories and how they feel about it."
Tiffany Smith has two children who don't remember 9/11, but because their dad and sister are serving in the U.S. Army, they know it's an important day.