Archive - April 5, 2011

Difficult Conversations With My Child

Difficult Conversations With My Child

  I knew it would happen, I just didn’t expect it would be today.    Instead of chatting about his day and having a snack, my son took his sister right upstairs after school. I could hear him asking her to repeat after him as he named objects around his room. I’ll be very surprised if this child doesn’t end up going into teaching when he grows up.   He suddenly came downstairs, looking upset. He said he was having “bad feelings about Avery.”   “What if Avery chokes?” he asked. “What would we do? I’m scared something bad is going to happen to her.”   He looked so sincerely worried it scared me.   “Why do you think she’ll choke?” I asked him, trying to determine the source of his anxiety.   When Your Child Chokes   He said kids at school were talking about choking and Epi-pens. They asked him if Avery had an Epi-pen. This is when he spoke the words I knew would eventually come. The words I wasn’t quite ready to hear.   One of his classmates asked, “What’s wrong with your sister anyway?”   This child wasn’t being cruel, he was merely curious as[…]

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