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Talking WAR With Your Kids / Be reassuring and honest - but dont explain more than they are mature enough to handle
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: Liza N. Burby. Liza N. Burby is a regular contributor to Newsday.
Date: Mar 25, 2003
Start Page: B.17
Section: PART II
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Children with a parent who has been deployed may have deeper needs, especially as they hear about American casualties. "When it comes to talking to kids who know that the soldier they see on TV could be Mom or Dad, the key to making them feel safe is to project calmness yourself," says Debra Immergut, editor in chief of "Answer their fears about their parent's safety by stating their parent has gone to do a good job and that [he or she will] be home soon.

Limit all children's exposure to the barrage of media coverage, [Gloria Rothenberg] advises. Signs of information overload include trouble sleeping or eating, fears about going to school, moodiness and somatic complaints such as stomachaches.

Newsday Photo / Paul J. Bereswill - The Bohan family talks about the war every night in their Williston Park home. From left: Paula, 11; Jaclyn, 13; parents [Roberta Bohan] and [John Bohan], and Sheryl, 9.

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