It happens to all parents eventually. At a given moment, your kid is asking very innocent questions concerning the Wiggles. The next time, they desire to know how babies are made or where they emanate from. This kind of questions comes without any warning, and lack of proper preparation may be catastrophic.
For instance, this month, my youngest daughter Jenny will be turning five years old. She is best at childhood for now, and her bedtime queries are becoming tougher. Below are the three of the hardest to answer questions I dealt with, and how I managed to handle each one.
Naturally, there is no single correct and precise answer to one of these questions. All children are quite different, the same applies to their parents. The given advice is how I approached each situation. You may come across others approaches that work better but the vital part is to think and reflect on the kind of answer you intend to give.
3 common questions kids ask and how to answer them.
– Is Santa real?
To answer this question, it will depend on the kid’s age and whether you have other younger siblings. The fact the question was asked suggests that they doubt the existence of Santa and are willing to find/know the truth about his existence. However, I do find an ambiguous and a gentle answer is the best approach — anything along lines of: “Santa will stop being real the moment you stop holding in his existence.”
Notably, this eliminates the desire to answer follow up queries as to why you committed such astounding fallacy in the first place.
– How are babies made?
Most kids tend to ask this question even before they are old enough for a detailed answer. But that does not matter either, meaning you can talk claptrap concerning cabbage stalks or patches. Shielding kids from realities of conception is absurd; neither do you desire to scar them amidst the whole story.
Instead, you should aim at a G-rated approach of the plain truth. My husband and I fell suddenly for interpretation through the lines: “To bring out a baby, dad, and mom need to have lots of cuddles and genuinely like each other
– Does God exist and if he does where does he live?
Obviously, the approach to this question will be highly influenced by your personal beliefs. I am an infidel at heart who tends to lean heavily on the atheists side of the fence. Irrespective of whether there is the existence of God, I have seen nothing in the human realm to suggest we are different compared to the other animal kingdoms. To present this suggestion as a fact to my child would be quite irresponsible.
When my daughter Jenny started questioning about God, I talked about the basics of Christians and Christianity and advised it was something some people (Christians) believe in. Also, I made certain to mention other religions & spiritual beliefs. Regardless of what parents believe, children should be in a position to make up their minds and find their ways what they believe in .