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

B asked me once on the way into gymnastics exactly HOW does the baby come out of the mommy's tummy? I told her that was a conversation for another day, that she probably wasn't ready for the exact details. She accepted that.
I know I need to get a book or something, on the whole s*x talk. It's going to come up in bits, like that.

I, like you, use fear sometimes to keep my kids safe. Telling my little guy he's going to break his leg jumping off of his bed the way that he does. And warning him that I don't want someone else to take him home from the store.

When it comes to big violence, my kids have been completely shielded. I read all of my news, I don't even allow it to be on the t.v. when the kids are around. If it's terrifying for me, I can't imagine how it would be for a little person. We had a big mall shooting last year and that's all that was on the t.v. for two days. We just kept it on the Disney channel. I always figure there's plenty of time to know about all the big stuff in the world. I'd like to keep it all talking cars and magical fairies for as long as I can get away with!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree--we're BIG on shielding our kids from the news. Just as you said so well, sometimes we adults have trouble coping with the ugly, scary stuff that makes its way onto the TV and radio. Alas, children will grow up all too soon and realize what a scary place this world can be--keeping them innocent for as long as possible doesn't seem so wrong.