What time is a good time to expose your children to ugly realities?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Takeaway contributor and "Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner grapples with the balancing act of being a responsible parent and telling his children some cold, hard truths. Dubner wonders when is the right age — and what might be the wrong moment — for a dose of adult-strength reality.
Stephen Dubner, Takeaway contributor and author of the "Freakonomics" book and blog

VIDEO: John Hockenberry's Daughter Reacts to Zimbabwean Baby Photo, Explores Truth in Journalism
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Collin Campbell, Stephen J. Dubner and Corey Takahashi

Comments [3]

bad parent

I exposed my child to "The Takeaway" the other day.

Too ugly?

I hear DYFS knocking...

Aug. 06 2008 12:27 PM

Mr. Hockenberry,

Your daughter, in typical childish fashion, asked a profound question: Why do newspapers print falsehoods? And then, according to you, she asked an even more profound question: How do we know that the "correction" is true? These are actually more substantive & interesting questions than the one you discussed on your program.

But since we're discussing the issue of protecting children, I must tell you that for me the most disturbing aspect of this discussion is that you exploited your daughter in a video for the sake of your career. That's shameful.

Aug. 05 2008 08:21 PM

How can you quantify an age to expose children to ugly realities? Don't kids develop emotionally at all different rates?

Aug. 05 2008 07:24 AM

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