Innocent at every age

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Several months ago, I left for a meeting one night, leaving my husband to watch our toddler and infant. When I returned home, the baby was asleep, but the toddler was still up and he ran to the door telling me about the scary show that he’d seen on television. I quickly attended to his needs and took him to bed, telling him that things on the television are just pretend and that he didn’t need to be scared.

Once he was settled, I found a rage bubbling within me. How could my husband –a person who should be protecting this child’s innocence as much as possible – do something so inappropriate? And what could I do to restore our son’s innocence?

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