Destroying a Child’s Trust in 5 Easy Steps

I'm Not Sure I Believe You

Children are naturally gullible. They will believe everything said to them, and sometimes it is fun to lead them along and see how far the deception can go.

But at what cost?

Trust is a fragile thing. Once the tender threads of trust are broken, they are not easily mended.

When I was a little girl, I honestly believed my mom knew everything. She perpetuated the belief, reminding me often when she was right about something. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing mother.

Then I discovered she wasn’t omniscient and my whole world fell apart.

How to Keep Faith When Bad Things Happen

Icy Cattails by Pond

I was nine years old when I drove the snowmobile into a tree. The accident was a tragic combination of childish exuberance, inexperience, and youthful invincibility. The worst part – I wasn’t wearing a helmet.

When the machine stopped so quickly, my unprotected face slammed into steering column. I won’t get into the details of my injuries, but it took almost two hundred stitches to repair the impact lacerations on my left cheek. It still amazes me that I didn’t lose my eye, sever a nerve, or break any bones.

But the real trauma occurred when I returned to school.