Preparing Children for the “Real World”

I came across an interesting post this morning about Dr. Ray Guarendi’s response to a mother’s question regarding protecting her chilren’s innocence.  This mom regularly hears from her peer group: You can’t protect them forever.  There is a real world out there.  They have to learn to deal with life.  I found this post interesting because my wife and I regularly struggle with the battle to protect our sons from a world which we know they are not prepared to face.  Our culture will not protect our children…only we can.  The assault is coming from TV, the Internet, video games and peer pressure from friends.  Do you face this problem?  Please read the post below and share your thoughts on the topic of  protecting your chilren’s innocence.

Preparing Children for the Real World

By Dr. Ray Guarendi

Dear Dr. Ray, I try hard to keep my kids innocent and to raise them more slowly than their peers. Regularly, I hear, “You can’t protect them forever. That’s a real world out there. They have to learn to deal with life.” – Cautious Mom

Yes, you can’t protect them forever. Yes, that is a real world out there. And yes, they do have to learn to deal with life. What does any of this have to do with raising your children at your pace, and not the world’s?

What you are hearing makes my top ten list of nonsensical notions assaulting good parents today.  Mindlessly repeated by…

 

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