The Family: Emotions & the Bomb

"Gary's daddy says Krewship is going to blow all our houses up."

"You tell Gary that your daddy said nobody is going to blow your house up."

"Then if Krewship's not going to put a bomb on us, why do we have the drills?"

Columnist Charles Allbright of Little Rock's Arkansas Gazette recently recorded this conversation with his six-year-old daughter. But many parents across the U.S. would find Allbright's dilemma familiar. Other backyard echoes of "Bang, bang, the Russians are going to kill you," and "The snow is poisoned" have inspired the National Institute of Mental Health to cooperate with the Child Study...

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