OMG! I think we may have had this conversation before...not sure. I have begged Kelly to NOT take Kaleb to the circus, but he's always excited about it. I think we should just tell him what really happens. It might be hard for an 8 year old to digest. I never took Keith to one circus. But I did gently tell him why he couldn't go and he was only 5 at the time. But after hearing it, he wanted nothing to do with any circus..made me smile.