Just 4 months after the attacks in Paris comes news of an attack at the airport and metro station in Brussels.
Back in 2001, the terrorist attack on the U.S. seemed surreal. I was at a playground with my 4 year old, enjoying the late summer sunshine, visiting with my mom and my sister. We weren’t as digitally connected as we are now, and I didn’t see the reports on television until we were back at the house.
In 2016, things seem different. The young kids we were shielding from the words, and sounds and video and broadcasts are now grown up, and they have lived in a world where we experience attacks like the ones in Paris and Brussels globally with others instantaneously and live, through feeds online from our phones, and from other devices. Many of the children we tried to protect from news of the 9-11 attacks are now parents themselves. And though these events are still shocking, they are no longer surprising.
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, says there are many aspects of this situation that demand our attention. As parents, we need to give some thought to the way in which we help our children (and grandchildren) understand and process the evil that is happening. And each stage of childhood and youth requires us to make use of different navigation and tools as we respond and have those important conversations.
We live in a sinful and broken world, but because of Christ, we can share help and hope with our children, and there are age specific ways that are effective. Remember to pray for your children every day. And if you are looking for practical stuff to help you as you talk with kids about the hard stuff found in the news feeds daily, find an encouraging perspective and information from the counselors at Focus on the Family in this online article by President Daly.