There were things we decided to keep our children ignorant of as long as possible. I had hoped some of those things - death, for example - could have waited to make it's introduction longer than they did. Certainly there are still things we keep him sheltered from. At three-nearing-four, he's not ready for so much the world has to offer and yet every day he's learning more and seeing more than perhaps we're ready for.
Another hard lesson of parenting - you really can't keep your kid in a bubble. Not that we tried, well, ok, there is photographic proof we did sort of try. Yet the bubble in his photo quickly popped and so we learned our lesson.
Joke aside, we never considered over-protecting our children, just protecting them enough. I know we still are. Now is time to let up on some reigns while holding tight to others. It's just that become clear that my little boy is moving away from the "little" stage faster than I had expected him to.