NOTE: On Thursday, February 28th, the National Association of Mothers’ Centers will be hosting a webinar entitled: Supporting Young Children After Natural Disasters and School Violence. The webinar, which is free and open to the public, will look at ways young children react after traumatic events and how parents can respond. This topic caused me to reflect on how sometimes as a parent, we don’t always have the answers to kids’ tougher questions.
She looked over at me, her eyes misty, frustration filling her face.
“But Mom,” my daughter exclaimed, “I don’t understand?”
Should I tell her? I thought to myself. Should I explain that I don’t always know all the answers?
I stared down at the paper filled with scribbles and eraser marks wanting desperately to be able to help. Slowly I reread the story problem. It’s 4th Grade Math for crying out loud. I can do this!
The Superhuman Myth
I grew up with the perception that parents (in fact most adults) were somewhat superhuman – able to fix broken toys, clean dirty clothes, heal scrapes and bruises AND help solve math problems in a single bound.
I became a parent,
did not seem to qualify as superhuman (or a mathematician).
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