Scene: an Australian family watching tv in May 2011
Daughter No.1: Dad, how come Prince William and Princess Catherine’s daughter won’t be the Queen if she has a brother?
Daughter No.2: That’s not fair!
Daughter No.2: Why did the PM say that about that man? (at 1.25-2.20min)
Daughter No.1: What does justice mean?
Daughter No.1: Why does someone get…what’s that word…bea-tif-ied?
Daughter No.2: What does irreverent mean? Why is Mum laughing?
How have you explained the heavily reported events this month to your own children?
To be specific:
To be even more specific:
- hereditary systems of government not least the discrimination against females and religious groups
- the breaking of international law by the USA and the ‘right of might’
- the process of becoming a saint
- the role of ‘God’ in our history and still unfolding text of societal structures
My partner and I take the approach of saying what we believe and then telling the kids how other people see it too, especially if we can name folk from their world.
I am finding it positively medieval…and tend to use humour, some of it inappropriate for the children.
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