Trying to Explain
Having an inquisitive child is a challenge, even more so when the goal as a parent is providing information with honesty and truth and as little judgment as possible. There are so many questions a little kid can have, so many misunderstandings that can arise, so much that can influence his or her thinking. I eavesdropped the other day as a mother attempted to explain to her young daughter why the confederate flag might not be appreciated these days. “There was a time,” she said, “when people thought it was okay to be mean to people with different colored skin. Our family doesn’t believe that and a lot of other people don’t either. To a lot of people, that flag represents that old way of thinking and they would like it not to be displayed any more.” I was impressed with her handling of a sensitive subject. It’s a huge responsibility, raising someone to be an informed and caring citizen of community, country and the world.