How much of your life do you share with your children?
Do your children know what is happening in your life, and to what extent?
My husband and I share everything with our children. The reason is because they live with us and know when something is going on. We think its best to explain to them what is happening and why so that they can understand and ask questions rather than to sit and wonder and worry when it is not necessary. My Dad always explained things to me when I was growing up - those lectures - I called them - have taught me some valuable life lessons. Now he's gone and I still remember his words as it relates to my situations in life and I apply his wisdom. Our children today are exposed to so much in their lives at an early age. Society holds nothing back - especially on TV where a lot of them spend lots of hours watching. Things happen in school that they see (you can't imagine) or hear from other children. Their world is full of things happening everyday that they need help in understanding and working through. I think its better to make them feel like they can ask you anything without reservation - and get an honest answer with out interrigation. This way it keeps the communication between you open. They can ask you anything and get an honest answer and understanding about it and you can ask them anything expecting the same back. I've always said, parents are the guideposts in their children's lives - we are to guide them along their way and help them understand what is going on and what could happen if you choose this way or that way. You are not making choices for them but, you are giving them information with an explanation - they will want to choose the right way the safe way. We believe that it is our responsibility to help them avoid mistakes in their lives so that they can live a better quality of life. That's what raising children is all about.
What a great answer on a sensitive topic!
Thanks for this answer. My son is still very young so I tend not to share too much at the moment except for what he needs to know. This will change as he grows up.
Everything my husband and I share our finances with then so they understand that when they want something that if it is out of our budget they know why, Illness for if something happens they know how to handle it, We have even taught them how to take care of themselves in the event that something was to happen to the both of us.
This is great. Many children do not understand why their parents cannot afford to buy them something they want.
Thank You I take a lot of pride in preparing my children for the real world.
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