I’m a firm believer in NOT sheltering my kids from the world they live in. Even when they were much younger I put on the evening news, I read out articles of interest in The New York Times. I wanted them to know about the outside world. I wanted them to realize that life wasn’t the perfect little suburban bubble they live in. The world is not all perfectly manicured soccer fields and big houses stocked with lots of good food. I wanted them to know about other countries as well as right here in this country where people are struggling, where there are homeless, where children go hungry. I did not turn off the TV or change the channel when a segment came on that might not have been suitable for kids.
Today, my kids turn on the news on their own. They often read the newspaper. They take an active interest in the world around them. They are involved in charitable organizations. They care. They think outside themselves and I’d like to think I may have had something to do with that.