It rained all day here on Saturday causing so much of our snow to melt away. The snow cave is gone causing my mama bear instincts to find another way to protect my fragile cubs.
Which we know is all impossible. So I told them. The older two. We talked about what happened in simple terms. In their terms. We didn’t watch the news but we did watch The President tonight. They know. It’s okay that they know.
Because you can read hundreds of articles and take advice from many about should you or shouldn’t you tell your kids – but ‘you know you’ and ‘you know your children’ best. And you know what feels right to say and don’t worry if your relative or friends or the counselor on channel 5 think it’s wrong.
Just listen to your heart and your children. Take their cues and do what you think is the right thing to do…mama bear. Because again everyone is pontificating what we should do as parents.
For these sweet cubs. Our cubs. But only you can really know. And know what’s the right answer. Every time.
And I know our tears still flow and our questions go unanswered and there are empty arms tonight and tomorrow night and…
So I went back into my picture archives to find some pictures that made me laugh. Like really laugh. Because I also think that’s okay.
I had forgotten about Astrid sitting in the dining room on that February day. She insisted on wearing a swimsuit and sunglasses, and asked for some paper and a pencil so she could do her homework.
I pray that when she is six she can choose to do her homework this way. And hopefully also when she’s nine and eleven and seventeen.
These little things that make us smile.
I also have a big announcement to make – I am now a contributor for Everyday Family! I am thrilled to join their team. My first article went live last week- won’t you join me in talking about How To Involve Your Kids in Charitable Giving…
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