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Talking With Kids About War

The 48-hour deadline has people talking all over the world. But what may surprise you is how far conversations have trickled down, even to elementary school classrooms.

As for parents and teachers, experts say you may want to listen up.

“What if there is no war and we're just sitting here getting prepared,” says Charles Figley, Director FSU Traumatology.

Fourth graders at Kate Sullivan Elementary were urged by their teacher to watch President Bush address the nation Monday.

Tuesday, some were literally up in arms, raising theirs hands raising tough questions.

Ms. Hogenmuller is a firm believer in letting children voice their concerns.

Figley specializes in psychological stress. He says teachers and parents are on the right track when they encourage children to ask questions, it gives them reassurance.

Figley goes on to say parents also need to be careful about making opinionated and blunt statements in front of their children. Often times strong comments can add to the fear or misconceptions kids already have.


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