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How to talk to kids about Osama bin Laden


The killing of Osama bin Laden was celebrated in loud, spontaneous celebrations last night and this morning across front pages and on the morning news. Meanwhile, many children are bewildered.

I looked at my daughter, confident her question would lead to a teachable moment. Three words into my answer, once I hit the verb “kill,” I got tongue-tied.

The need to explain the news is not just demanded of parents of the preschool set. School-aged kids and high-schoolers, too, may be confused by national jubilation over a death. Not to mention the allusions to an act of profane violence that affected so many families in the area.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Bin Laden and the children?  Bin Laden was a nothing. and the kids need to know this. IF he had anything to do with 9/11, it was so small that it might as well have Bin Nothing.

The children need to learn to respect their Government... not to trust them. The children need to learn how to do due diligence on their Government so they don't make the same mistakes that we and our parents and our grand-parents made.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Well, Jeanne,

Our wise and fearless protector, King Obama, seeing that his poll numbers were finally starting to drop even amongst his loyal 40% decided to act decisively.

He got a little positive boost in cuckolding Sir  Donald the Coifed who had attacked his noble office through questioning King Obama's birthplace.  This also gelded the book tour of the New York Times #1 in presales non-fiction author who wrote about the same lack of birth in the land of the fair.

But seeing sowing confusion was not enough, Good King Obama called for his Knights of Clandestine, War and Deceit to resurrect the Dragon of Good King Bush the Dwindled, known as Osama bin Laden and to slay this beast for none to see.  

And so they did.  And they pronounced it merrily throughout the land. And they bussed in a great multitude throughout the land to make merry and perform before the King's messengers and Spin Meisters.  And these was great rejoicings.  And the vanquished Dragon was discarded; hidden from view forever more banished to the same dark bottomless pit where yon birth Certificate was tossed.  And they Ruled happily ever after in the Land of the Feeb and the Home of the Naif.

Comment by Ducati Jeanne
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Without reading the article please tell me "how to talk to adults about Osama bin Laden "   Please "Tell me what happened that is so important?"


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