Parenting through Terrorism
Just as I thought I had managed to explain to my children the importance of helping our neighbors and working together for a good cause, I was slammed with the news that we, as a nation, took part in an assassination. I’ve struggled heavily with my stance on this and I’m finally comfortable presenting my opinion. Obviously it has taken me the better part of ten days to write this so you know I didn’t come to this decision abruptly. The positives and negatives have been weighed heavily by me, the discussions have continued from one day to the next with my ex-military husband and sleepless nights have yet to come to an end.
Then, I’m startled the very next night with the news that our country had not only captured Osama bin Laden, a terrorist, but we had killed him. A terrorist; a man who wreaked havoc on our nation almost ten years ago and was apparently plotting an anniversary attack, was dead. How was I to explain this act to my children? Obviously, bin Laden was not a good man; he masterminded the deaths of many which goes without debate. Did he deserve to die? That’s really not for me to decide, but I had to figure out a way to explain to my children yet another event that resulted in death.
This guest post was written by Jerri Ann of Mom~E~Centric. Jerri Ann is an Internet-junkie who has been writing online since 1999. She has 2 boys, ages 6 and 8, and is married to a man she affectionately calls Boy Genius. Mom~E~Centric is about learning life, learning how to take the punches and put them in their place. “Landing a punch is not near as important as feeling like you are in the fight.”