As someone who reads newspapers every morning, and sometimes watches Breakfast TV when she can wrestle the remote away from the 4 year old and Peppa Pig, it’s inevitable the 8 year old is starting to take an interest in the news and what is going on in the world.
As a huge football fan (seriously, the child’s obsessed!) he picks up the newspaper and takes out the sports section to have a good read.
He also puts on Teletext when he gets up in a morning to look at the sports results and fixtures.
So it’s only inevitable that he’s picked up on the fact some overpaid, idiotic neanderthal footballers have been in trouble for racist behaviour lately.
Cue him saying:
” *Footballer* is in court for racist. What does that mean?”
In which I had to explain that sometimes people are mean to each other just because of the colour of their skin, which is ridiculous as underneath we’re all the same.
He completely agreed. Phew. One question I managed to answer successfully.
He also reads the front page headlines when I’m reading the newspaper.
“Who’s Abu Qatada?!”
That one was a bit harder to answer without traumatizing him.
As much as you want to shield the news from them as it’s a horrible world out there, there comes a time when you’re going to get the inquisitive little blighters asking a million and one questions you don’t really want to have to answer yet.
I don’t want him to know that there are people out there who are intent on destroying others.
He was watching Home Alone the other day and was in awe at how huge the big building was (Twin Towers.)
I didn’t mention that people had blown it up. On purpose. How could I?! Even I can’t make sense of it, let alone a child.
I don’t want him to know that the footballers he looks up to and hero worships are knuckle dragging cave men who should be dragged back to their mud hut and squashed under a big rock.
They can’t go round living in a bubble though. They get older, and they’re going to realise that it’s not all fluffy bunny rabbits and nasty things can happen out there.
It would be great if they could though. Now where’s my rose-tinted specs, it might make it all look a bit more sunshiney…..