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are you open with your children? Love! 18 kids; California 1989 posts
17th Dec '12

Do you tell them the truth when they ask questions?
What would you answer be to the question of:
"mom why are the flags flying so low today?"



Do you think its good to be honest and go over safety rules with your child incase they were put into a situation like that or be more sensitive toward the subject and only tell them little to no detail.

BαtMαɳ Gotham, __, United States 65345 posts
status 17th Dec '12

I am always honest with my son but I put it in terms that he can understand and that won't scare him.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
17th Dec '12

I'm honest, but only tell them what they absolutely need to know to answer the tough questions, such as questions about Sandy Hook.

Mom of Tristan/Rayah/Keat 3 kids; Alberta 2068 posts
17th Dec '12

Honesty is the best policy.



I always answer my kids questions true fully and too what they are able to understand. As well as just give information according to age.



My son was 3 and came to me and asked me what a vagina was. Lol! I was like ummm ( wasn't ready to have that type of conversation with him.) But I told him the difference between a girl and a boy.

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 27005 posts
17th Dec '12
Quoting Love!:" Do you tell them the truth when they ask questions? What would you answer be to the question of: "mom ... [snip!] ... incase they were put into a situation like that or be more sensitive toward the subject and only tell them little to no detail."


Yup, I always tell her the truth. Sometimes it might be dumbed down to her knowledge level, but mainly I tell her the truth. She's 9 now and we discussed the school shootings and how I was in school near Columbine and how my school got a bomb threat a week after Columbine. My Mom started crying remembering the day her boss took her aside and asked her if I went to Columbine.



I told here that there are bad people in this world and they do things that we don't understand. I did firmly say "School is okay to go to, and you don't need to be scared. These things happen but they dont happen often, so you dont need to be afraid of school. In fact, school is the way to help these kids. If kids were in school and had a teacher to look up to, to help them in life they may not have such anger. I help my students understand that I am there for them any time of day. Education helps people and we cant be afraid of being educated. You cant be afraid of education. Schools are okay, I dont want you to be afraid." We talked about Columbine, we talked about me as a teacher, but I made sure to put it in a way so shes educated, but not afraid.