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How To Tell Your Kids The Truth Without Scaring The Hell Out Of Them
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There are times when your kids will ask you a difficult or sensitive question. You want to answer honestly but remain age appropriate at the same time. In a time when we are media saturated it is important to inform your kids as potentially frightening news bombards them. The very recent example being the final demise of Osama Bin Laden. Trying to teach my children about the sacredness of all life while they witness out right glee of the killing of Bin laden and trying to explain the reason people are so glad. This also leads the foggeness of truth in an Internet age where anyone with a computer can post what they believe as fact. You can see our dilemma as parents to give a solid and secure view of our child's local and global environment when there is so much access to varying and alternative takes on the "truth".

This has led to the other sticky aspect of defining beliefs and truth. As a humorous example, my personal politics are quite far to the left of center, where as my son has developed a right-wing or conservative take on the issues. We live in Canada and we just had a Federal Election. We were in the company of some very artistic friends of mine which are traditionally leftist, and my son pipes up and announces he is for Stephen Harper, the conservative candidate. I got the opportunity to role my eye's and bemoan "where did I go wrong?" getting uproarious laughter, as we lefty adults had heard that line growing up about our more libertarian beliefs from our conservative parents. How the tables turn.

I love the Information age, in fact as a parent I never have to say "I don't Know" anymore, I can Google it! But.... keeping some sense of innocence in our children has become a barrage of parent filters and settings on Xboxes, Wii, Playstations, T.V's, I-phones etc. you get the picture. The day of getting our education in the locker rooms and hall of school are over, now it is, I read or saw it on the Internet. O.K to my point, how do we tell the kids the truth without scaring the hell out of them. Back in the "day" when the "Where do baby's come from" question they came up with storks and watermelon seeds, well my 6 year old is asking me how dormant genes are activated by incest.... my Grandmother just rolled over in her grave! It is the Information age after all. Oh ya, then there is the aspect of our kids are often more aware then we are. My kids really rake me over the coals when I don't recycle or buy organic or local. Haven't they heard of buying cheap anymore? Why must environmental or political correctness be so expensive.

Ah, see I don't have the answer, I just try every day to do my best, tell the truth, not push my beliefs as fact and make them feel secure enough to make their way in this world.

But what, you may ask, does this have to do with Internet marketing or home business? I make a living teaching Internet marketing for network marketers, and my kids don't think I have a real job. When my children ask what do you do? and I say I work online, I get blank stares in return. In a day and age where my kids are social media crazed, try telling them that Dad is on Facebook and Twitter for my job. They really like that I have a lot of time to spend taking them to the park, the movies or just hanging out playing games, but their Uncle the Firefighter has the real job.

So keeping a sense of security or even making them proud to tell their friends what Dad does is tricky but I would not trade it for the world. I love Internet marketing and network marketing to make money online. I hope for my kid's sake that they have the same in life, being their own boss and doing something they love, and that's the truth whether they by it or not.


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