How to Answer Difficult Questions From Children

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Over the years, you give your child a great deal of information in answer to his questions both trivial and serious. Some of your answers are very brief, just "Yes" or "No"; others are longer. A great many begin with the word "because." Some consist of facts, plain and simple, and others express emotions, values, or philosophy. Your answers all have something in common whether they concern why the sky is blue, where babies come from, or how a beloved grandparent can pass from life to death. With the first "Why?" question you answer, you establish your own unique style of giving information, and your child knows from then on what to expect from you when he asks a question. However, some of your child's questions will be easier to answer than others. As a parent you might wonder how much your child will be able to understand about complex or upsetting topics. In this article, we will give you some advice for answering children's most difficult questions, including:

  • Answering a Child's Questions About Death As we begin our examination of difficult questions children ask, we will offer some general tips for answering tough questions. Whether of grave importance or absurd silliness, your child's questions should be taken seriously. Then we will move on to one of the hardest subjects to talk about with a young child -- death. We will discuss various ways you can bring up the subject with your child, and ways to react once he poses the question to you. We'll also tell you when not to talk to your child about death and the euphemisms you should avoid.
  • Answering a Child's Questions About Sex Long before you need to give your child "the talk" about the bird and bees, they will probably ask you many questions about where babies come from. If a little brother or sister is on the way or a close family friend has recently become pregnant, your child will mostly likely start peppering you with questions about reproduction. In this section, we will tell you how much you need to tell your child about this touchy subject without confusing them. We will also handle other questions dealing with sexuality and gender. Learn More How to Choose Toys for a Child How Children Mature TLC Family
  • Answering a Child's Questions About Divorce
  • A divorce, or even a sustained period of distress in the home, can take an enormous psychological toll on your children. While child will not understand all of the dynamics occurring between you and your partner, they will be able to sense that something has changed or is not quite right in the home. In this section, we will learn how to tell your child about a divorce or separation, and how to deal with the questions that will inevitably follow. For instance, it is common for children to blame themselves fro problems in their parent's marriage.

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