Difficult questions of children
Difficult questions of children result from their inquisitiveness, willingness to learn about the world, to unravel what is foreign and unknown to them. The most troublesome is usually when you're standing on one foot in a crowded bus, when your neighbor comes over for tea, or simply when you're terribly busy. Well, children have a peculiar understanding of "the right moment." It must be admitted, however, that sometimes their questions are exactly those that we adults do not dare to ask ourselves, and to which we would very much like to know the answer.
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Already three- and four-year-olds are flooding us with questions literally about everything, starting with: "How does it get frost?" after: "And when will I die?" Before answering, we should always think carefully about what the child is actually asking. We are said to live in a society that does not recognize taboos. Is it really so? Probably not. We are able to freely talk to our child about sex, but we ignore questions about God and death in silence, at best we answer them reluctantly and embarrassed.
Today's children ask questions that their parents and teachers had at much older age. Television, the Internet, and the current education system make children aware of issues that are often extremely difficult and delicate. Already six- and seven-year-olds ask about rape, homosexuality, death, suffering and AIDS, of course, on a par with the always current hits like: "Where is God?" or "Where did I come from?" Children expect an answer to their question, and usually immediately. Parents, on the other hand, usually want to say something like: "Not now, honey, we'll talk about it another time" or "You're still too young, you won't understand."
In the case of many questions, children are difficult to answer in a template. It is necessary to take into account both the age and the level of the child's development and experience. Younger children usually expect a quick and relatively simple answer when asked about sex or about God. They will not listen to long lectures on physiological or theological topics. The language barrier between children and adults must not be forgotten either. Often, despite the knowledge, it is difficult to precisely formulate the answer in terms that a toddler understands. It is good to provide explanations that are as closely related to the child's previous experience as possible.