Parents get nervous about the world. It’s natural for us to worry about our kids and how they’ll find their way. Most moms that have opened up about this seem to have gone the route of sheltering their kid(s). It’s easier that way, I suppose, but only for a few short years.
You can’t shelter your loved ones from the world forever. They will wake up one day and be offered drugs or alcohol. They will learn one day that there are other religions besides the one you live by. Your kids will learn one day about sex, porn, kidnappers, rapists, etc. There is no protecting them from everything, forever.
When Goblin #1 was 8 years old, she asked about periods…so, I told her about periods — and sex. I explained it all to her in the biological terms. She didn’t get it all the first time, but we went through it all again less than a year later. She then moved on. Within two weeks, the other moms at the church asked me why I bothered telling her about these things and I found that to be the most ridiculous question ever! Because girls a couple years older than her are starting periods…and because it’s a part of life! Just like giving birth. Just like aging. Just like death. Our kids will face it all, and we need to have them prepared for it.
You can’t protect your kids from the world, but you can prepare them for it.
Talk to your kids…talk about everything. Don’t let them sit in the dark.