Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I had a few students who went through a huge 2012 phase. It was right around the release of that movie. I finally just told them we couldn't talk about it in class because it wasn't science. I know they spent a lot of time during lunch and after school though, it was a topic they couldn't get enough of.

I don't know how you could forbid something like that for L? You hate to see it get even bigger...if it's a taboo topic? Maybe just some boundaries. No talking about doomsday at the table, for instance. No talking about it around T. She doesn't deserve to be frightened. Then play a game of worst case scenario and see what he thinks could actually happen. Talking through it could make it seem less scary. Remind him about people who profit from others' fears and how no one really knows if or when the world would end. Has he seen all of the predictions that went wrong? Seems like the scientist in him,and some common sense, will take over at some point. :-)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's what we're hoping--that the scientist in him will take over, and SOON!