When your children are small, it’s easy to shield from the news as all you have to do is turn Cbeebies on and a bit of Mr Tumble or whatever will distract them.
By the time they get to high school age, and 11 going on 12, it’s a bit harder to police.
Take the atrocities by murdering terrorist groups in the news this week.
“People got shot on a beach in Tunisia. Why?” is what I was asked.
How do you answer why when you can’t fathom the motive yourself?
People went on holiday, and never came home.
A blogger excitedly tweeted “Definitely leaving in like three hours and definitely am not finished packing.”
All excited for her upcoming getaway, only to never return home on a madman’s actions.
It could have been anyone of us, sending out an unwitting final tweet before going and sunning ourselves on our holidays.
I don’t know why it happened. Does any sane person capable of rational thinking?
The only answer you can give, which is what I did is this…
11 year old: “People got shot on a beach in Tunisia. Why?”
“I don’t know. Anyone normal and thinking right can’t understand either. It’s a case of “this is what I believe in. If you don’t believe in the same thing then you’re getting shot. It’s stupid.”
11 year old – “Exactly. Completely stupid.”
Think that says it all really.