Do you keep bad family news from your children? My family do that all the time and I always wonder why they do that (to me anyway). For example, my brother in law told me recently his brother got arrested for drug possession/trafficking, and his bro's wife was leaving him. My bil also told me he was keeping this piece of news from his children (who are between 10-14). At about the same time, my mom also told me that my cousin was getting a divorce, but she made me promise I must not tell my brother because that will "affect" my brother's marriage in some way. Years ago, my mom also decided to keep the news of her own mom's death from me, so I didn't learn about the details surrounding grandma's death until years after. I've been wondering about why people decide to keep family news from family, and I always wonder if this is cultural, or how widespread it is. So question is: Do you do it, and why?