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Terrorism is a part of our life, whether we like it or not
I realized as I was reading the book that I was behaving exactly as the parents were in the story: I turned off the TV; I gave vague answers; I pushed off dealing with the subject. I realized that my daughter was waking up and talking about the attack and shootings in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport as well as the recent things that she’s heard on the news. These things we’re still on her mind.
This point was driven home even more strongly when my daughter and I were going to go to a matinee movie one afternoon, but, had to stop for gas first. When we arrived at our local Sam’s Club, we were turned away because the entire building and surrounding parking areas were barricaded due to a “bomb threat.”
As I drove to the next gas station, I felt a sense of calm (and, basically, relief) because I had read this wonderful book and had some great advice and “tools” on how to actually talk to my child about what we had just encountered in a way that didn’t add to her anxiety.
Dr. Z’s parent coaching tips (in the form of “PEARLS” of wisdom section: PEARL stands for Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) are very helpful because it gives the caregiver scripts to help guide them as well as room to share what they feel is appropriate for their child.
It is just as the small text on the cover of the book states, “A story for children and P -E -A-R-L-S of wisdom for their parents.” Doctors Z nailed it! I am glad that this gives parents a way to create a dialogue and provide a guide to discuss the uncomfortable (and often scary) topic with their children. It can help children understand the simplified basics of terrorism without creating additional anxiety.
“If you see something, say something.”
A few things you’ll learn:
-understanding of a child’s world and perspective.
-how a parent may respond
-parents or caregivers are given scripts to help guide their dialogue.