For the most part, parents will do everything in their power to ensure their children don't have to deal with situations that aren't age appropriate for them.
Even if we're not talking about something that could potentially traumatize them, there's something to be said for letting kids be kids and making sure they don't grow up too fast.
However, the world isn't always that simple and sometimes circumstances can arise where a child has to do more than we'd normally consider reasonable. But in those moments, some children can prove that they're a little too easy to unfairly underestimate.
Because when those circumstances arose for one 9-year-old in Missouri, she stepped up with more strength than we see in some adults.