How Do You Talk to Your Kids About the Situation in Egypt?

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Protesters in Egypt are calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Even though the terrible events in Egypt appear to be moving towards some sort of resolution, it is still a major news story. With very young children, it's fairly easy to avoid the topic. After all, the average 3-year-old is probably more interested in toys than international politics. But for older kids, even those just starting out in elementary school, the Egypt story is one that could easily come up at the dinner table. So how do you talk to your kids about Egypt?

The Washington Post published a helpful article in a easy to follow Q&A format. For example, the beginning of the answer to the question, "Why are people in Egypt so upset?" is "Mubarak has been Egypt's president for almost 30 years." (OK, that seems like a good reason for frustration.) Another interesting angle, especially for teens, is this story from September of last year, when Egyptian reformer Mohamed ElBaradei said that his enemies published his daughter's Facebook photos.

We wondered what ParentDish readers were experiencing at home with their own offspring. Are your children interested in the Egypt situation? How are you talking to them about it?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.