Originally Posted by GB
This is actually not true at all. There are quite a few children who frequent this site and we do need to keep that in mind when posting.
I try to watch my language but I'm not sure what you're referring to. Are you suggesting they shouldn't know that there are homeless people? Or that sometimes folks donate food and/or clothing to help them out?
I can tell you this: it doesn't help to shield children from the realities of the world. Fairy tales don't exist.
I'm a military brat. When I was 9 years old, we were in San Francisco waiting to be flown by the military to Bangkok, Thailand. The Marines put us up in a hotel and we were walking down the street to find a Chinese restaurant at Dad's insistence. I recall very vividly seeing a WINO
(much like Steve would have been) slumped in a doorway with a bottle of some kind in his hand. And I said to my mother, "Hey, Mom, that could be Daddy!" Out of the mouths of babes, eh? But it was true. The only difference with this guy was he didn't drink at the Officers Club on a military base.
Children are not unaware of what is going on. Nor, in my opinion, should they be sheltered. Sheltering leads to rebelliousness and problems. I was only 3 years old when John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963 but I sure as heck knew something serious had happened. My mother was crying in front of the television and I went to comfort her. She didn't try to hide this thing from me.
Two years after we got to Bangkok my middle brother (older only by 3 years) was kicked out of the only International School (ISB) because he was caught buying heroin. Never occurred to my parents to hide this from me (I was 10). We had to detox him and he and Mom and I vacated the country while my father stayed for his tour and my oldest brother graduated high school.
Oh, and it also never occurred to my mom to hide the fact from me that when I was 7 years old my father was shot while serving in Vietnam.
Shielding children from real life is a bad idea, period. But then again, unless they love to cook I'm not sure why kids would even read Discuss Cooking.
Fraidy <--Jill <--learned to cook rice for breakfast in Bangkok in 1969 and still love it for breakfast sometimes, butter and salt