Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most notably used in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. But in truth, ALL children experience problem behaviors at some point in their lives - from the “terrible twos” to the rebellious teen years. This blog is designed to provide an overview of ABA and how it can be a useful tool for typically developing children, teenagers, and even your husband;)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Do We Tell the Kids?

Taking a moment to just pause and remember that fateful day.  This morning on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck wondered what to tell the kids about 9/11.  Her 7 year old daughter asked her why we remember 9/11.  Elisabeth told her that some bad people tried to take our freedom.  To which her daughter replied "Did they?"  Elisabeth's answer: "No, and they never will."

So, what do we tell our kids?  I have yet to really experience this.  As a preschool teacher, we danced around the topic telling our students that we celebrate that our country came together as one big family in a time of tragedy and we appreciate all the people that keep our country safe.  For us, it was our responsibility to get the topic in their heads, but their parents might want to be the ones to explain the tragedy in their own words.  My own daughter is nearly 2 and we have a while before she asks these questions.  But, it got me thinking about other difficult life experiences and what we will teach her about them - death, war, violence.  It's all so complex.  There are things you just want to protect your children from in order to hold on to their innocence as best you can.  Nurture, protect, educate, and worry.  Such is the life of a parent.       


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