Posted in Children, Marriage, Parenting

The Way Kids See It

We were watching Mrs. Doubtfire few nights ago. Robin Williams was packing his stuff in the car and hugging his kids goodbye.

Eros: Where is Daddy going?
Me: He’s going to live in a new house.
Eros: But why?
Me: Because Mommy and Daddy had a big fight so now they want to take time away from each other to think.
Eros: But why?
Me: Sometimes when Mommy and Daddy fight, they can get very angry at each other. So if they are away from each other, maybe they can think better.
Eros: But what about the kids?
Me: Yeah, they have to stay with Nani first.
Eros: But Mommy and Daddy have to stay together.
Me: Not all the time. Sometimes when Mommy and Daddy don’t love each other anymore, they don’t stay together.
Eros: But how can Mommy and Daddy don’t love each other?
Me: Sometimes you stop loving someone after so many things happened and you get tired of fighting. They can become better Mommy and Daddy if they don’t stay together.
Eros: But why Mommy and Daddy fight?
Me: Sometimes because we are tired. Sometimes because we are angry at each other for not being there. Sometimes we just get hurt because we feel alone.
Eros: Hm, why big people like to think so much? Must be like Eros. Eros always angry with Sophia but Eros still love Sophia so much.

I can only nod.

 

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