The ignorance(innocence) of childhood

This morning when I woke up, I knew I was in trouble. My daughter had a noon appointment with the dentist to have a cavity filled. Now, some people don’t like needles, but some people REALLY don’t like needles. She asked me yesterday if she was going to get a shot. I thought for a moment. If I lied and said, no, she would lose trust in me the next time she went to the doctor. If I said yes, she would have exploded into tears. What did I do? I avoided the question.
we spend so much time reassuring our children that bad things don’t happen to good people or pain doesn’t have to be a normal experience. After seeing me struggle in recovery of several debilitating surgeries, my daughter still asks me why I cannot do everything that other dads can do. She does know, though, that my pain has resulted in growth for the entire family.
So, the answer to the question of how much we should shelter our children is simple. AT ALL COSTS. Children shouldn’t understand the realities of life…That’s why it’s great to be a kid. Let them learn at their own pace.

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