others who can write far more eloquently and emotionally on the subject than I can.
They need to know that it is not normal for the centre of town to be one big derelict parking lot.
They need to know that there are still a lot of people living in damaged and dirty contaminated houses.
They need to know about the history that is going on around them.
I feel very strongly that by ignoring difficult truths, we do not make them any easier for our children to cope with. In fact, it can lead to significant problems down the road. To me, it is very important that they know and understand NOW.
So the other week when the army patrolled cordon was lifted around the city centre (The Red Zone), we took the children for a look. Before we arrived, we told Rascal a bit about what we were going to see and we prepared her a bit for the empty spaces and broken buildings. We explained that "the bangs" (as she called them) were earthquakes and that they had caused a lot of damage to our city.
It has been interesting to see her processing the information that she was given. She looked and she saw, but because enough time has passed since she herself was petrified by the bangs, that she wasn't traumatised by it all.
That said, we were glad that we warned the preschool teachers about where she had been at the weekend as she told them and her friends about the broken buildings that she had seen.
the Hottie Project. I explained who the hotties were for and why they were necessary.
We talked about one of her little friends who will have to move house and her house will be knocked down. Rascal immediately decided that we needed to make a hottie cover for her friend. She then sat down and drew a mountain of drawings for her friend and her mum because she thought that they would be sad to be living in a broken house!
Kids are amazing aren't they!