Thursday, April 25, 2013

What I told my kids about Boston & Newtown...

NOTHING

I have been reading things about what to say to your kids about these tragedies and I don't get it.  Now my kids are almost 4 & 2 but at least a couple of the articles I read targeted a 4 year old.  I find no reason to tell them about it because: 1. how will they find out any other way 2. it will open up all sorts of questions EJ in particular doesn't need to be asking yet.

What will me telling my kids about these things (or any in the near future) accomplish?  Make me feel better?  I don't know.  I'm not naive, bad stuff happens but can't my kids be that way for a little longer?



5 comments:

  1. Agreed. When they are school age is when they need to learn about it...it's not like any of their friends will be discussing it. I mean, if something bad happened and they witnessed it or if something bad happened to a loved one, then that's a different story but they have no connections to these tragedies so there is no point. Innocence only lasts so long!

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  2. I can't disagree with you. I didn't talk to my kids either. But I would if they asked. Good post, way to keep it real.

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    1. Thanks Lance. If for some reason EJ (the 4 year old) found out I would talk to her about it but in very general terms.

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  3. I completely agree. I told Ian because some loud mouth asshole on the bus told him. Eloise doesn't know and that's fine with me.

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    1. School seems to be the great equalizer when it comes to info. Looking forward to that in the fall!

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