When it comes to parenting, it’s easy to be overprotective – especially when our children are young and impressionable. After all, we don’t want our kids getting hurt. So we haul out helmets and holler out warnings. And sometimes we hide the truth.
And the more we hover, the less they fall or fail. Or so we think. And the more we hold back, the less anxious they feel. Or so we like to believe.
Does a ten-year old really need to know that her aunt has breast cancer? And Parkinson’s?
I’m not sure. But if she does find out, she might begin to believe that living with disease is not the end of the world.