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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:;=9

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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Background Info
    Links to Iraq Data
    Public Opinion on the War
    Analysis at
    Public Opinion on Protest & Patriotism
    Terrorism & Nonviolence
    Peace-Oriented Resources

D&D; Guides on Iraq/Foreign Policy
    SCRC Post-War Discussion Materials

D&D; Programs on Iraq
    Art Meets Dialogue in Richmond Event
    Online "Rotisserie" on the War
    Online Deliberation About the War Brings People Together
    By the People: America in the World
    Discussion at
    DWCW Online Forum

Discussion & Exploration
    Resources on this Forum have been Converted
    Please Use the Links on the Right
    Feedback Needed about Iraq Dialogue
    Ideas/Thoughts About This Forum?

Encouraging Youth D&D;
    ESR’s Revised Guide for Parents & Educators
    Univ of Michigan Resources for Teachers
    PoliTalk to Host Online Student Conference
    United Youth Int’l Fosters Online Dialogue
    YouthNOISE Helps Youth Communicate
    Global Kids Conference on War & Peace
    Best & Worst Things to Say to Kids

Opportunities & Ideas
    Conference on Muslim Peace-Building
    Articles Needed on Dialogue
    Blue Buttons Promote Dialogue

Others Encouraging D&D;
    ACR Calls for Dialogue
    Egyptian Intellectual Encourages Dialogue

Tips and Resources for Facilitators
    Resources at Co-Intelligence Inst. Site
    U.S.-Iraqi Youth Dialogue Video
    PCP Dialogue Guide
    Study Circles Discussion Guide
    National Issues Forum Guide
    Overview of Conversation Café Model
    NCDD’s List of D&D; Organizations & Programs
    Introductory Facilitation Resources

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