Troubling Times

The after effects of the Septemeber 11th attack on the United States along with the current war in Iraq have left many children feeling vulnerable and frightened. The following resources will help and support you in your efforts to calm your children's fears.

Internet Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Family Readiness Kit
This kit is for parents to use at home to help prepare for most kinds of disasters.

Children and Grief
Beyond Indigo, offers information on grief, grieving, death and dying. Beyond Indigo offers detailed and heartfelt support and well-managed information.

Connect For Kids

Connect For Kids has compiled some of the Web's strongest resources for parents, teachers and community members to help kids cope with trauma due to disasters, terrorism, war and the media.

Recognizing Stress in Children
An article adapted from the Stress and Coping with Disaster Manual from University Extension in Columbia, Missouri during the Flood of 1993.

Terrorism and Children
Purdue has a good site that makes recommendations about how to talk to children about terrorism, war and other stressful situations.

Tragic Times, Healing Words: Helping Children Cope,4125,49560,00.html
The experts at Sesame Street Workshop developed this website to help children cope with disaster following the Columbine tragedy. It includes a list of helpful books.

Library Resources

Most libraries will have numerous books covering death, terrorism and general trauma. Your library's database collection is another resource that you may want to explore. Check with your librarian if you need help searching this resource or visit your library online at


Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl A. Grollman.
A fairly comprehensive guide to helping children and adolescents cope with the emotional, religious, social, and physical aspects of a loved one's death. Topics range from how adolescents grieve differently from adults to concrete ways to help children cope.

911: The Book of Help edited by Michael Cart.
A global viewpoint on the September 11 attacks is presented through 25 essays, short stories, and poems divided into four sections: "Healing," "Searching for History," "Asking Why? Why? Why?" and "Reacting and Recovering.

Parenting Through Crisis: helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change by Barbara Coloroso.
The author demonstrates how parents can help children find a way through grief and sorrow during the difficult times of death, illness, divorce, and other upheavals. She offers concrete, compassionate ideas for supporting children as they navigate the emotional ups and downs that accompany loss.

Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Child About Violence by Dominic Cappello
Each chapter includes an introduction to its topic--violence in the home, in the media, at school, etc.--and then offers thorough notes and questions for adults to ponder. Guidelines on how to launch a conversation with children follow as well as post-talk notes, which guide parents through an assessment of their dialogue.

Understanding September 11th: answering questions about the attacks on America by Mitch Frank.
Explains the historical and religious issues that sparked terrorists to attack America on September 11th, including information on Islam, Osama bin Laden, and the Middle East.

When Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, and Leslie Landon Matthews
This compassionate manual addresses the nature of grief, purges common myths such as time heals all wounds, and encourages adults to adopt a more healthy approach to grief themselves, so that they, in turn, can help children.

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