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How To Talk To Your Young Child About Terror Attacks

We often protect our children from the harshness of the world by keeping them safe and secure in a cocoon. But, when terrorism and violence become a top headline, what do you do?

By Aarthi Arun

I have personally experienced the infamous 1998 Coimbatore bombings. I was 13 then. For a few horrific minutes, my father and I didn't know the whereabouts of my mother and brother. They were supposed to be shopping near the place where the bombs exploded. Luckily, they’d changed plans and never ventured into the city. But, we got to know they were safe only after a few frantic minutes. But we never spoke about the incident after that. When the school reopened after a week, the first instruction our teacher gave us was not to utter a word about the incident and to just move on. From then on, my mother became a bit more anxious around us. Whenever I went out on my cycle or scooter, she would anxiously wait at the gate. And, I've inherited that anxiety from her. Now, I sleep with one eye open. I do believe that some counseling would have helped my family cope better. We should have talked about it…

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