4.01.2006

Bubble Boy

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.

4 comments:

Carmi said...

This entry hits home. I've published a number of newspaper columns where I've used the term "bubble of childhood". I've openly questioned how effectively we've balanced between protecting them and letting them begin to experience the larger, colder world around them.

I'm still not sure there's a pat answer, but just the fact that we're writing about it suggests that it's top of mind for all parents. That's a good thing.

He looks like he's pretty content with the way he's being introduced to the various facets of the world.

Sarangeti said...

I think all of us parent bloggers have written about this issue because it is one of the things that we worry about so much. Think how different it was when we were growing up compared to today!

Michele sent me!

T. said...

I know all too well the struggle with trying to keep kids little. I wish I had words of wisdom, or advice, but I don't. Sometimes life takes the decision right out of our hands and our kids are forced to grow up a lot faster than we intended. Michele sent me.

Pearl said...

Funny my husband and I were just talking about this. Giving the children the experience to do adult coping skills while under wise parental supervision equips them to not need to be protected but thrive and blow their own bubbles. :-)

(saw you at Michele's M&G)