Scary but true, Syria is using chemical weapons on its own people. Britain decided not to get involved, but what about the United States? ‘No boots on the ground,’ was announced this afternoon from our fearless and capable leader. Undoubtedly, your children are listening to news broadcasts as we speak, and schools will educate their students on current events. What are you going to tell them to keep them calm? Time to give this some thought.
- Assure their safety- Make sure they know that they are safe and sound here in the United States. Syria has not made any attempt to come here and they probably won’t. The United States is a force to be reckoned with.
- Remind them that you will continue to stay informed- Tell them that you will be watching the news and staying abreast of the situation. Tell them that as long as you are watching, there is nothing to worry about and if things change, you will let them know.
- Remind them why it is so important to study history- I believe it was Sir Winston Churchill who said, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ The United States has a history of strong military and savvy leaders. Whatever comes our way, we can handle it. History proves this theory.
These times of uncertainty can make your young ones nervous. Remain calm yourself and if you do find that you are starting to panic, don’t do it in front of impressionable eyes. Take a walk or go somewhere private. Children have enough to worry about with school and peer pressure beating down heavily upon them. Make sure they know that they are safe and protected here in their home.