Wednesday, 7 September 2011

a current affair

Last Sunday evening, after everyone had left after Fathers' day celebrations we fell into the lounge chairs, turned the TV on and watched 60 mins. We view it with great care. Brid has always been quite sensitive to many areas of the media.
The last report was discussing the anniversary of 9-11.
I watched her as we viewed this report. She really had no idea about what 9-11 was all about.
So afterwards, the questions were asked.
I could have easily just said we will discuss this in the morning, but I resisted.
It was the right time and place right now. The TV was switched off.
The Kingfisher Encyclopedia was taken from the shelf by Brid. She read aloud what was written about this world changing event.
We talked about various aspects, she knew the geography, We discussed the ins and outs of this current affair.
It was a wonderful opportunity that couldn't have been orchestrated any better.
She was ready to listen with more mature ears and understand the complicated issues surrounding this horrific event. She may not understand totally, but hey!, nor do I, and thats OK.

We have been travelling around a lot in history at the moment and I am pleased we have been, because it made it easier to explain and pin various issues for her.
Was this just an opportunity or a Classic strewing?


  1. At the moment, I'm trying to stop and focus on the children's questions when they ask, instead of making them wait until a better time, so I can relate to your timing.

    Melanie was born on the second anniversary of 9/11, which means it's actually a day of celebration for us. And, I don't always know the answers to the 9/11 question, either. We've spoken about it a lot but still don't know if America should have gone to war. I tend to think they shouldn't have, but our boys think, maybe, terrorism needed a strong reaction. Lots to think about!

  2. It was an interesting conversation. I am pleased we made the decision to keep the conversation flowing. Thanks for commenting. Leanne

  3. The kids learn so much when we stop and answer questions as soon as they are asked. It always turns out to be a much more interesting and relevant way of learning than any planned learning I might have had in mind.

  4. It was the best chat we had had in ages about current affairs.
    So easy and perfect timing.
    God Bless