How honest should we be with our kids?
While many of us want our children to have a worry-free existence, is it really in their best interest to shield them from the realities of life?
Whether it’s marital problems, work-related issues or health concerns, shouldn’t we be open and honest with our kids in an age-appropriate manner, regardless of the ugly truth? After all, children are like sponges, and they always know when something is ‘off’ in the household.
Parents to son Dylan, 13, and 11-year-old daughter Carys, the Hollywood couple have faced cancer, bipolar disorder, and a short-lived separation after a decade of marriage. Not to mention, Douglas’ adult son Cameron has been incarcerated since 2009 on conspiracy charges to distribute narcotics after he was caught selling heroin in a New York hotel room.
Regardless of these tough times, Douglas says it’s important to be transparent with your kids.
“I’m more and more prone to tell kids just about everything,” Douglas tells PEOPLE.
“There’s been a whole school of thought about things you should not tell children – if there’s a problem in a relationship, [people say], ‘Let’s not let the kids know.’ Kids know. They know everything,” he adds. “I would err on the side of pretty much sharing everything. They can digest it, you know? It’s life.”
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Douglas?