Parents, someday there be conversations in which our kids will want to know why we made the choices we did.
I know this because I was a kid once. I also have a teenager and I have been interrogated a couple of times. I expect more of that in the future from her.
Thankfully, I have a little bit more time left before the twins broach the uncomfortable topics.
I have a feeling I know one that could come up with my son. He will want to know what the hell I was thinking when I said we were going to the museum to see dinosaurs.
His exposure to dinosaurs comes mostly from TVOKids and shows like Dino Dan and Dinosaur Train. In the past there might have been Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
Most of those dinosaurs are cute or talk.
At the museum, the dinosaurs are definitely not cute and never talk. There is that whole thing about them not having skin either.
Daniel didn’t get very far into the museum before we saw our first skeleton. By the time we made it up to the floor with more bones, he was making a lot of his displeased noise and pulling away.
With some time and with some soothing, he became less wary.
This is a reminder to me that he understands some things very differently from his sister. She wants to be a paleontologist/doctor/firefighter/taxi driver and loves the fossils. When someone talks about dinosaurs I think of bones. Rachel thinks of bones and the animated variety. Daniel may only think of the animation.
It’s an important lesson for me to think about my language and preparing him for something unexpected.
On a happier note, he loved the children’s area of the museum and especially the video microscope.
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