Kids are way too smart. They ask the most difficult questions - leaving me frozen in the middle of the kitchen. My son came home and just wasn't looking like himself - Hummm, what's wrong? SpongeBob episode was a repeat? Batteries low on his hand held game? What could possibly be weighing so heavy? You're only 5...life is good. He said that Grandpa told him stories about his greatgrandfather and that he had died and that made him really sad. Then, just turned around and asked me, point blank; "Are you going to die too?" That's when chills ran up my spine. "What, honey" Hoping to have a little time to think. "Are you going to die too?" I didn't know what to say, so out comes, " Mom will always, always be with you. Come on, let's watch Spongebob." " MOM, you CAN'T have anymore birthdays. I don't want you to get old and die." Guess I'll be 25 for a very long time. (Our little secret, I've been 25 for many years now already.) I should have been prepared. I should have;
I think it's so very important that we get the knowledge and find the courage to answer our children's questions. We can't shelter them from the truth and they need to trust our word. Agree?
- read articles like, How to Answer Difficult Questions
- let him talk more. About how he's feeling. And it is okay to feel sad, angry or upset.
- answer his questions honestly and explain, to my best ability and knowledge how our bodies work, how nature works.
- make him feel that he can trust me to answer ALL his questions.