Parents all have different ideas on the best ways to raise their children. The single mom knows that there are many parenting styles and she has to find the best approach for her children. The chosen parenting style may have a lot to do with maturity development and how they react to some of the subject matter in the classroom.
Some kids are raised in a home that is safe and happy, with every effort made to protect the innocence of the children. The kids probably know about evil step-parents from fairy tales, but have no idea that real children are being abused.
Other homes have a 24 hour news channel on in the background during dinner so that mom can catch up on world events, and often discussions about the stories are a big part of the quality family time.
It’s often true that kids in the same classroom as your child may be hurting, physically or emotionally, but no one will know until they speak of it.
Each parent wants to decide what the appropriate time and maturity level is to allow their children knowledge of the reality of the outside world. In many cases, the timing is forced because of major world events, discussions on the playground, and even classroom curriculum.
Parents can discourage their kids from becoming friends with other kids who are at a higher maturity level and use foul language while discussing vulgar topics, and instead steer them toward befriending children whose parents have similar family values.
What do you do when the child is shown graphic images and assigned reading materials about the tragic events like the Holocaust in their world history class at school? The parent that perceives their child as still being too young to be introduced to such horrors will be shocked..
News is being made all over the world on a constant basis, and technology has made it possible to seek out the events and report them. History is full of unjust and unhappy, if not tragic, events that are documented in textbooks.
A well rounded education demands that both history and current events be studied. Take steps so that your kids can take these lessons in stride. Communicate openly with the school and the teachers. Ask about the curriculum so that you can discuss controversial issues with your child before he is exposed to them in the classroom.
Sometimes kids develop maturity and intellect faster than mom realizes. Be willing to listen to what the teacher is proposing to teach and, if needed, ask for help in broaching unpleasant subjects to your child.