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Just horrible. I'm so sick inside that I can't even concentrate. I'm going home, our company has closed for the day.

I think everyone should go home and spend some time with their families today.

My boss said it best earlier today in an email:
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Our nation and each of us individually will cope with this unfathomable tragedy in a different way. Now is the time to support one another as we reaffirm the benefits and challenges of being the worlds greatest, freest nation.</font>
 

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I just got into work right now, after sitting in front of the TV this morning in horror, hearing the news. I just cannot believe what has happened.... My heart truly goes out to all the families who have have been struck by this heinous deed.

Marvyn, having a little one and a second coming, I know just how you feel. Unfortunately, I can't go home.....

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Throughout time there have been horrors.

Now is as good a time as any to bring children into the world.



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Days like this certainly put things like Honda's faulty paint and alignment into perspective, huh?

Regards to you and yours,
Darell
 

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Marvyn,
I think that you brought your kids into this world so that there would at least be some humans raised on this planet by you (and wife of course). Feeling compassionate beings, an asset to the collective. To not be able to fathom today's actions, is only to be human.
What humans are capable of doing to other humans should, unfortunately, not be surprising.
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Since most everyone here is a parent of young children...

Any thoughts on how to discuss this subject with a 5-year old who's already spooked by tornadoes, burglars, fire, spiders, etc., etc.?
 

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We have a 7 and 4 yr old and we are trying to think how best to explain this to them, too. The 4 yr old just thinks buildings on fire are bad and you should leave. The 7 yr old is more problematic. We will probably tell him that there are very bad people in the world who do very bad things, but that the police will find them and punish them so it doesn't happen again. I know there is a school of thought that says you shouldn't shield your kids from the realities of the world, but at this age, I don't think it is necessary for them to worry about things they have no control over. The likelihood of something like this happening to them personally is still extremely remote. It sounds like your son has enough to worry about, anyway.
 

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My wife and visited New York City 3 weeks ago and spent a terrific 4 days there. It was the first visit for both of us and we were amazed by the friendliness and sense of safety we felt at all hours. We had dinner at Windows On The World on Floor 101 of the WTC, and purchased our theater tickets at the discount ticket outlet on the second floor - our experience was fleeting to be sure - but my thoughts today were on the staff at those two establishments.

We also have a unique challenge in that we are scheduled to be on a plane with our kids next Monday.

So far we have discussed the news at a fairly high level with our 5 year old - but we are bracing for any direct questions comparing the planes she saw crashing into the building and the plane we will travel on.

Be well America, and please accept the condolences and support from your neighbour to the north.
 

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As a teacher of primary grade students, I have had to discuss scary things with them before. I think that children who are aged 5-8 can be told about the realities of certain incidents. But you don't need to be graphic. And, ultimately, just let them know that you'll be there to make sure the same thing won't happen to them. Odds are, nothing will. They don't really want to hear the risks; they need comfort and reassurance more than anything. They are still focused on their immediate world. That's what matters to them. And as a teacher, I am their protector at school.

I don't know if I would want to fly on an airplane next week either. But don't let your kids know that. You are their rock. They'll feel better about it if they know you're okay with it.

My five year old saw the news throughout the day with me. She didn't understand how dramatic this was until she flipped channels and saw that almost all of them had it on. But then she saw that Disney and Nick and Cartoon Network were fine, so she happily went to the back bedroom t.v. to enjoy her little world for awhile. She knows she is okay, so she is fine.

We pray for all the children who have lost their innocent worlds today. Boy,I hugged my babies so close tonight!
 

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Good advice moonatics. I gave my two (and my wife) extra hugs tonight as well. My heart breaks for those whose lives were shattered in a moment of time today. I have to admit that tears flowed when the Congress sang "God Bless America"!
I encourage everyone to fly their flag for the next few days at least (you DO have one right?) as a show of solidarity and patriotism.
 

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I brought children into this world to be a part of the greatest, most prosperous country this earth has EVER seen; and to teach them about the wonders of Jesus and the wonders of this world. Doing so I knew that they would be exposed, and possibly subject but I pray not, to evil. The people who did this represent pure evil.
I have two wonderful kids and I will always give them love. Regardless of what happens we'll always be a family.
 
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Amen.

And you can probably relate even more because you're in Littleton.

God bless.

Michelle

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Hope the following message from our hospital would help:

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Violence or the threat of violence at home and abroad can cause extreme anxiety in children. Johns Hopkins Children's Center psychologist John Walkup, M.D., offers the following advice for parents to help children cope with recent terrorism in New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

• Parents should watch their children's behavior closely. Children take cues from their parents. If parents show nervousness or anxiety, children may become anxious and nervous themselves. During stressful events, parents should show emotion without losing control of their emotions. Parents should be with their children without smothering them with attention.

• Television sets and radios should not be left on all day, but instead viewed or listened to at selected times with parental supervision. Over-exposure to images of violence or destruction can make events even more difficult for children to deal with.

• Parents should use strong, firm discipline with children who create disturbances in response to what they hear and see in the media.

• Parents should put themselves in a child's place and try to respond to perceived feelings in addition to the concerns the child is able to verbalize.

• Maintaining the structure of a daily routine is crucial. Eating and bed times remain consistent. Studies have shown that the long-term impact of this kind of trauma can be minimized by continuity and strong family values.

• As a family, draw on religious experience and/or other foundations of community support.
 
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