“I don’t believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn’t treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality.” – Walt Disney, entrepreneur and animator (5 Dec 1901-1966)
Light and shadows.. both these are components of reality. A child needs to know both to grow up wise. Life is interesting that way isn’t it? Sheltered from too many storms, a child doesn’t learn how to either seek safe harbor when necessary or ride out the storms will come along from time to time. Adversity often teaches us needed lessons; overcoming adversity teaches us the best.