Before becoming a mom, I always told myself that I would be honest and straightforward with my children. I want them to be intelligent and mature, so I would speak to them in the same manner. In other words, no sugar-coating or censoring the crap out of their lives.
When they ask me questions, I will be completely honest with them. When I need to teach them right from wrong, I will use real-life examples to teach them (not just “because I said so”). And I will show them that the choices they make in life will have serious consequences and that their actions can and will affect others, as well.
I thought that’s what I wanted for all topics. Turns out, that might be a lot harder to handle than I was hoping.
My son is only 9 months old… but now that I’ve got my “Mommy Glasses” on, I’m already having second thoughts about my honesty policy. I’m starting to dread the questions he may someday be asking me about things like terminal illness, homelessness, and death. How do I teach my son about the world without traumatizing him? — Deyanna