Talking To The Kids About Haiti

My answer to the question, “do you shield your children from tragedy?” is a fluid one. It changes every day, every year. I really want to know what you do, what you hope to do, what you might have done wrong.


The fifth grade kids raised $2300 for UNICEF. It was their plan, because “President Obama told me that I could change the world”. And they did. They changed the world, and we (the parents) watched and cheered and allowed them to be children. Because really, if you let them, children will change the world. They changed mine. But now my daughter wants to know what happens when there’s an earthquake here. “Not much”, I tell her. And I lie, “sometimes our houses crack, but we build differently here in Los …