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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mouse's picture mouse

Kids really are amazing, and I love hearing stories like this. T.'s response was brilliant!

One of the odd things for us is that we haven't had many questions from Scooter, but we're prepared to answer them. With his somewhat limited perspective and general obliviousness to "the norm," he just hasn't registered how some people feel about our family. We don't mind him being unaware of the intolerance for as long as possible, but we also try to introduce some age-appropriate perspective when the opportunity arises. Like L., it just doesn't fall into his interests, so he usually glosses over the information and only occasionally brings up family structures.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's always amazing to me how many questions and observations T. makes about people--their relationships, families, etc. and how oblivious (or disinterested I should say) L. often is. I know he's very aware and sensitive of people's dynamics, but he seldom can step back and work things through by talking with others about his observations.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

We had a similar conversation recently after B saw something that confused her on TV. I always love how kids accept information you give them and usually require so little details. She accepted that everyone chooses who they love and it comes in all different kinds. She thought that was great and moved on. If only adults were so accepting...


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree..adults seems to have so much trouble accepting things. Maybe the brain grows more and more inflexible with age...