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Caroline Bock - Author of BEFORE MY EYES and LIE
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

Osama is dead

I had to explain to my 11 year old son who Osama bin Laden was this morning and why it mattered that he was dead, killed by the United States, and I thought that this was a good thing.  He was only one when the United States was attacked.  It made me think of all the teens that need to understand the impact of 9/11, how it changed how we think about our country and the world.  But I had to be careful explaining it to my son -- I don't want him to learn to hate people because of a few extremists -- I don't want him to be scared that planes will come crashing out of the sky -- I don't want him to fear that buildings will be bombed (something that was very real in NYC in the immediate aftermath of 9/11).   How do we teach our children about the world, without teaching them to hate?   Very carefully. 

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