But sometimes, in my opinion, it is necessary.
This morning, my 7 year old daughter turned her freckled face in my direction, eyes boring into me, “Mom, who is Trayvon Martin?” Followed almost immediately by, “Mom, why did that man kill him?”
Yes, I had the news on. There are rallies happening here in St. Louis today for Trayvon. Some people have taken their children to rallies in other cities. People are outraged all over the country. And the President spoke about him. So, clearly, I am aware that news + small people eyes and ears = questions. And I am ok with that. Like I was this morning. Especially this morning.
There was a time when I stressed about scaring her with the ‘bad news’ in the world. Now, I’m more stressed about NOT TELLING her. I refuse to allow my children to be ignorant about this type of tragedy or to have their initial thoughts and opinions shaped outside our home.
It is imperative to me that my children know I will always do my very best to answer their questions. Even the hard ones, like, “Mommy, was Trayvon killed because of the color of his skin?”
“Baby, the FBI is investigating the case. The man who killed him, George Zimmerman, thought Trayvon looked ‘suspicious’ but, yes, I believe he was.”
“But, it doesn’t matter what color your skin is.”
“You are right. It doesn’t matter to us. But, unfortunately, it does matter to some people.”
“But, Mommy, he was only a kid.”
“Yes, Baby, he was.”
Are you talking to your kids about Trayvon Martin? If not, what made you decide to wait or not talk about it at all? If so, how did it go?
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