I try hard to answer Jiggy’s questions honestly. I am a firm believer in not pre-empting answers, not giving children information they have not asked for and yet being a ‘go to’ place for answers. This is a belief honed against the grit of parenting a terminally ill child, fostering, adopting, and now home educating a complicated little beast whose questions are legion, unpredictable and, at first glance, random.
Last week, en route to our home ed group and having listened to another piece about child abuse on the car radio he asked me what grooming was.
“Well, it’s when people are nice to someone in order to gain their trust but they are planning, from the start, to hurt them in the end” (I felt that would do)
“Hm, nice? Like treats?”
“Yes, and maybe saying nice things about them and making them feel good”
“Yes, I know, its hard to believe”
“Its very hard to believe. I never knew cats and dogs would listen that well”
So, I re-started that conversation. And thought we had sorted it. Then, today, driving along the same section of road (this is relevant, Jig is all about triggers) he asked me if we would have to have our naughty dog Rags put down if he chased sheep.
“Well, yes, in theory. Dogs can be shot if they worry sheep, it is up to us to keep them under control”
“Or, we could just send him to the groomers”
I am a little tired today (late night, age, general grumpiness) and practised though I am, and prepared as I am to go with Jig on his rambles, this was one I found I was not, currently, able to help him unravel. I am now waiting, somewhat wearily, for the next stage of this. And looking up pet salons for us to visit.
That will need some researching. Can you just imagine the questions?