Teachable Moments

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about teaching firearms safety, safety and self-defense to kids. I’m working on some stuff specifically about teaching gun safety and shooting to kids, but it’s also important to me that my daughter learn the skills of personal safety and awareness.

Nutmeg is almost 17 and she’s at that age where she finds sport in calling me an “old lady”. (I’m on the near side of 40, though barely, and this seems terribly old to her). So, she’s not yet learned the lesson that kids seem to forget between the ages of 12 and 25: namely, that the way Mom survived to be “an old lady” is because she actually knows stuff.

Because of this, Nutmeg tends to be impatient when she perceives that I’m “teaching” her stuff. She’ll say things like, “I have to listen to blah-blah-blah all day at school; I don’t want to listen to it at home too.” If she’s feeling especially flippant, she’lll say “learning stuff causes cancer.” There’s no question Nutmeg is growing up to be a spirited young lady, which is a good thing, but which means Mom has to be a bit cleverer about taking “teachable moments” where I can find them.

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Teaching Our Children

My daughter, “Nutmeg”, started school yesterday, and the new school year has brought her a new challenge – and new stress.

“Can I talk to you?” Nutmeg asked, while we were cooking tortellini and Italian sausage for dinner tonight,

I finished turning the sausages and set the tongs down before turning to her. “What’s up?” I asked her.

“I’m scared in my new class,” she said. “All I hear guys talk about is who got shot last week, and I’m scared that I’m going to get shot.”

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