Parents are killing their own children.
Teens beating the crap out of their own peers.
Elderly couples getting robbed when they can’t even afford medicine.
How do you explain these kind of things to your kids?
Last week, Gremlin piped up from the back seat of the car with, “Mom? I’m so glad I have you for a Mom. You would never try to hurt me.”
My heart stopped dead in my chest. Dear Lord, I don’t want my children to even think about such things! I reassured him nothing he did would ever make me even want to harm him. I tried to explain to him, on his level, what is wrong with parents’ minds that would cause them to do such things. I don’t even get it, how could a 6-year-old?
I try very hard to shield my children from the news. It’s mostly crap. But I also don’t want to over shelter my children. So we talk about it. We talk about what the “bad people” could have done to get help before make that bad decision was made. We talk about the outcome from their bad decision. We talk about wisdom, cause and effect, and community.
I hope the more we talk, the more it will become the norm if they ever get into a serious situation. They won’t have to think about it…just react the way they should.
And know above all…our home is safe.