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On Remembrance Day I was reading a story to Nomi and Daniel and the ending caught my emotions raw. The end of the story told of both sides of the trenches, guns silent, singing Silent Night, each in their own language, but at the same time.
My voice was catching, and I was teary. Daniel, who has trouble processing emotions, tried to shake me out of it, and Nomi, who is a little older, tried to get him to give me some space. All he needed was the reassurance that it was
- Normal to cry
- Okay to cry
It made me think though – do we show our emotions to our kids. Do they see us crying over things that make us sad? Do they see us grieve? Do they see us carry on when we are heavy hearted?
I think our kids do see this in me, but it was a good time for a little reflection and a little check up to see that this is really so because I think it is important for them to see these things.