It has been a rough couple of weeks for our family---which is no different from yours at any given time! It seems to me that we try excessively hard to shield our children from every bad thing that happens . Sometimes this can be a terrible disservice to them. We rob them of learning to pray---of learning to cope--of learning to do without--of learning that we all grieve. The last thing we need to do is to cushion our kiddoes from all struggles and trials. Otherwise, we are at risk of raising a generation of entitled, pampered, self-centered and overly protective brats.
Obviously, we need to use Corrie Ten Boom's analogy of not allowing a child to carry a heavy suitcase until they are able, and discern what they are ready to hear, but one key issue is TRUST. Wow---God IS trustworthy--and He will allow trials in our lives. (He said that we shouldn't be surprised :)...and it is up to us to show His strength getting us through the trials!