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Chick Moorman outlines effective and ineffective strategies for communicating with children about war and terrorism. The five best? 1) "What have you been hearing about the war?" 2) "You can watch TV for only 30 minutes, and I want to be present." 3) "What do you suppose it looks like from the other side?" 4) "I don't know what will happen, but I know we'll be able to handle it." 5) "I understand how you could feel that way." The Five Worst: 1) "God is on our side." 2) "We are right and they are wrong." 3) "There is nothing you can do." 4) "You don't know what you're talking about." 5) "There is nothing to worry about." To read more, go to

Added by Sandy on March 23, 2003 04:59 PM also offers some guidance for folks who need to talk to kids about the war. Includes tips for parents and teachers and addresses the needs of children with parents on active duty. Click here:

You can also click here for's "complete package on intolerance in a time of war."

Or click here for a great article outlining 10 things people can do to heal or avoid rifts during this time of war.

Posted by: Sandy Heierbacher on April 8, 2003 01:34 PM
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