Talking to the kids about Baltimore

Talking about Baltimore with kidsIn my house, we lead a pretty secluded life from the “outside world”. I don’t have the news on, at all. I get all my news from online via my phone, or a laptop. I do this for a reason. I have tried to keep my kids away from all the noise going on in society, and filter what they see, hear and know until they are a little older, and can really discern fact from fiction, and not be overwhelmed with everything. I want them to maintain, and hold on, to that precious innocence for as long as possible, I guess. I know it will only last a few more years, but those are years they never get back of thinking everyone is the same (kinda), no one hates you for no reason, and everyone can get along if they just hug it all out.

Now that they are in school, I find that a lot of things that I try to keep away from the kids, they pick up at school. They talk about things that are in the news more often now, or see things in the random commercial that slips in on Cartoon Network.

What is going on in Baltimore is something that I would prefer they not really know about until they were a “tad” bit older (maybe 9, 10), but they heard some kids talking today about a “city on fire.” Sigh.

See, this extreme talk is what I can’t deal with, and why I filter and provide the most honest spin I can give about social life around us. That’s what my mom did with me. She always started with some historical reference (like the Baltimore Riots of ’68), then talked about how things got this way, and how it could be altered, changed, etc. When people are just talking about things in the news, they don’t talk about those things, so I guess I have to get on it.

So, I think I am developing a Baltimore “action plan” and trying to discuss riots, in general.

1) Rioting, and destroying public and private property is wrong.

2) People who riot often feel like they don’t have a voice, but it’s still wrong.

3) Running from the police is wrong. Stand up and face your issue whatever it may be, and know your rights as a citizen.

4) When things like this happen, they help people in our world talk about concerns, and issues, and what we can do as a society to make things better.

I mean, what more can I really say? I guess, I could say how sad I am that this city is at this point in it’s history. I hope that real change happens. I wish we could wave a magic wand and make it where everyone had enough money, there were no slums, and poverty was non-existent. I wish that there were more resources for people to achieve their dreams. I wish there were people who TOLD people they could achieve dreams.

But, for now, I can just say how I’m praying for Baltimore, and that this city, and people talking about it can really talk about the real issues in Baltimore.

How are you talking to your kids about Baltimore?

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