Sunday, January 16, 2011
Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Thoughts on Censoring
With the March for Life coming up in D.C. (which I have to wimp out on this year) I've been thinking about what, if anything, I should tell my four year old son about abortion.
Let me start off by saying, I never put a thought into censoring the abortion topic for children until I taught at an ultra conservative Catholic school some years back. The school was wonderful and it taught me a lot about what other Catholic parents do- it's just that I wasn't used to some of the things they expected. So at this school, we were not supposed to talk about abortion at all- even to my class, which was fifth and sixth grade. Most of the kids knew what it was, but for those whose parents didn't wanting them to see or hear any evil, we weren't supposed to spoil their innocence. I'm all about preserving innocence, but that threw me for a loop. Fifth and sixth grade??
Which brings me back to the topic of how much should you censor for young children when were talking about an evil that exists so prevalently in our world today? I am seriously wondering, so your advice would be helpful! Do I tell my four year old that some people kill their babies today? He was so distraught when he found out that King Herod killed the baby boys when Jesus was born. Is this evil something he really needs to know? Or should I just stick to the "life" side of things and only talk about what a gift babies are to the world?
Of course, I would never show him pictures or go into the details about what happens to the babies, but I am wondering if I even tell him what abortion is before he asks. Thoughts?