This Tuesday Topic is especially good for those of us with children heading into adolescence, but is useful for any of us with kids from the “hard places”:
We have two daughters who were adopted at an older age. They came with stories and a history that they can speak about. One of these daughters attended a sleepover and I was told that “scary” (silly) stories were being shared as the girls lay in their sleeping bags before sleep. It got me thinking about how to counsel my girls about what they should not share about their past lives.
I certainly do not want them to think I am ashamed of their past and they both love to tell stories about their country. However, the older one especially, has some pretty serious, delicate life experiences she remembers vividly and I want to be able to give her advice on what she should keep to herself. I may be worrying unnecessarily and she might do a good job of filtering for herself. I would really like to know how others have handled this issue or if it has ever come up.
Imagine this question just came up over a cup of coffee with your friend. What advice would you offer? Send your thoughts as comments to this post. I will hold your answers and post them all at once on Monday, June 28th. Thank you for taking a few moments to help a fellow parent.
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