I'm not saying I don't trust my kids. I'm not saying that they have given me any reason to be suspicious or overly cautious about their motives, actions and words. I'm not even saying that I need to monitor them or look for a reason to not trust them.
What I am saying, is that as a mom, I have what you might call a 6th sense when it comes to my kids. I'm sure all you other moms can relate to this.
It is the sense of just knowing that something isn't right. It is that knowledge that when the house gets too quiet, it's time to do some investigating - mothers of smaller children can really relate to this. It's the feeling that when your son or daughter is pleading their side of an argument with their sibling, that there is more to the story. It's just knowing that when your daughter comes home from school and saying her day was OK, that her day wasn't. It is our intuition.
I don't know if intuition is encoded into everyone's being or perceptions. I have taken psychology in my studies and still don't really know the answer to that. What I do know, is that for me, my intuition has been an instinctual thing. From the moment by first daughter was born, I had an overwhelming knowing that I understood and knew her better than anyone could. That allowed me to "read" when something wasn't right. In fact, it still allows me to know when something isn't right with any of my daughters. Maybe it came from subconscious learning from watching my mom. Maybe it's ingrained in my DNA. Who knows?
Suspicion and caution are a part of intuition. If my gut (intuition) is telling me that something is out of whack, then I have a duty to cautiously investigate my suspicion. It's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it.
Hmmm...do you think maybe CSI Mommy could be the next in the TV series? I bet the stories that the readers of this post have could support several season's worth of story lines!