Telling Your Children The Truth

Children ask a lot of questions and some are easier to answer than others. The dreaded ones for me were never about sex or the where do babies come from type of questions because I was ready for those. I had read enough books to feel confident and even practiced the answers years before I would actually have to talk about those subjects, but the questions that left me stymied were the ones I could not have anticipated. These would be the kind of inquiries from your child where you have a split second to make a decision as to whether to tell the truth or maybe stretch it a little or even a lot.

Example # 1,  A lovely little get together with a famous bunny taken about 20 years ago. It looks as if it was going well, right  … my daughter was holding hands with the Easter Bunny and having a sweet little chat and then she spots it.

” Hey,  what’s this …  ”   Three guesses what her next question to me was.

10 thoughts on “Telling Your Children The Truth

  1. So — what did you say??

    I have mixed feelings about all of this, from Santa to the Tooth Fairy. We don’t play them up, but we don’t ignore them, either. I still remember figuring out the truth and feeling betrayed.

  2. God. What *did* you say?

    The creativity of parents in selecting their words, even when they are telling the truth, knows no bounds. A little known and vastly unerrated skill, in my humble view.

  3. I always worried about this issue (truth, Santa, Easter Bunny, etc) when my son was small. But he never bought any of it from the get-go, it seems. So we just had some fun with it. When I was a girl, I really *wanted* to believe in trolls, elves and fairies … still do …

    And oh yes — your photos are treasures!

  4. We finally had to tell my middle son the truth when he was in the 5th grade- only to protect his integrity. Kids were discussing and we didn’t want him to be made fun of…anyhow to this day we still laugh at his reaction…(not at the time of course.) He took it extremely hard…”you mean my whole life has been a lie?” (Direct quote- I swear..) How cute that you have this documented in photos…

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