Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I think that's a beautiful promise.

I hadn't thought about how difficult it would be to explain war and conflict until the questions came up a few years ago with my own kids. You know that I'm pretty protective of what my kids see and hear as far as the news goes, so when holidays come up when we honor the military, I found myself struggling to answer my B's young and innocent questions. Three of her great grandfathers served in WWII and I wanted her to understand what that meant.

I always struggle with helping kids to understand things that I don't really comprehend myself. I wish I lived closer, I would totally take your course!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think it's vital we honor those who served, and that we remember them and speak their names--often. But I also think we should take the conversation further without children (and others, too) and not let it end at a point that would seem to suggest to our kids that war and death in war are inevitable realities. After all, we need to start "training" our kids to problem-solve solutions to conflict, so that maybe--just maybe--at some point we can put an end to it.