I tend to be overprotective of my kids. I don't let Meg watch Hannah Montana, even though ALL her friends watch, because while it may be entertaining, it's waaaay over her head. She hasn't seen High School Musical for the same reason. Yes, I guess I baby her too much, but as far as I'm concerned, some things can wait until she's older.
We don't watch the news because we don't want the kids to see all that is going on in the world. There is very little good out there to expose them to. Meg knows about hurricanes from Katrina, but nothing about September 11th. Not yet. This is the girl who has nightmares about the panther from the Little House books we're reading. I think she knows about the tsunami from 2004 because it happened right when Drew was born. But for the most part, we keep them sheltered from bad things. Maybe not the best way to handle things, but for now it works.
So here is where I need some help from my internet friends. This morning Doug called me to say there were several news trucks down the road from our house. So, I found online that a man murdered his wife, and then killed himself in a domestic violence episode. This is DOWN THE ROAD FROM MY HOUSE. Yes, I read about this all the time, but this happened in my backyard. The news trucks were still there when Meg had to go down that road, on her bus, to pick up the other kids living on that road to go to school. I know that the family had children, but I don't know if they were school-aged. I am sure that she will have questions when she gets home today. I am totally unsure what to say. Here's why. Do I just tell her that someone had an accident? My fear is that word will spread around school, she'll know I didn't tell her the truth, and then things will be worse. Or do I try to explain in simple terms what happened? Because I don't know why domestic violence happens. So how can I explain to my 7 year old that sometimes people do awful things to each other in the name of love?