Few questions children tend to ask their parents, and how parents should respond
Children are quirky, quite intelligent and a kind of curious creatures. They want to know about everything they watch around. They will want to know everything like why the sky is blue to how birds fly even they raised questions related to birth of a child, sex, death, and many more things.
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Your children are forever looking for answers. Don’t ever try to scold a child for asking something that’s considered taboo in our society. Some parents find it fine, logical and easy to answer. But sometimes these things get awkward, right? But you should not shy while answering their questions. Here is how to handle awkaward questions of your kid.
Here are some tough questions that children ask, and how to deal with them:-
· Where did I come from?
It is a very typical and common question that kids ask around the age of 9. Many parents have replied to their kids that they were in the mother’s stomach, but after it they want to know how it ended up there. At such times, parents should not feel shy, fumble or avoid eye contact because it makes them uncomfortable. It is the most important thing that parents should not scold the child for asking anything. Instead of avoiding them give a clear and correct answer.
You could say, ‘When two people are in love and they come together, and they get blessed with a child’. And then you can go on to explain how eggs and sperm work as per their understanding age. For it there are many helpful story books available in the market which explains how reproduction works.
· Good touch and Bad touch?
It’s really crucial and more difficult to explain the concept of good touch and bad touch to your kids. Never make blank statements like, ‘Don’t let that cook/uncle/neighbor touch you and your private parts’. So, it’s better to educate them about their private parts and let them know that those parts can only be touched by them and only by their parents while bathing them, and when they are old enough to bathe by their self, then not even the parents allowed touching them.
· I feel like touching myself, is it okay?
Many kids and even girls approach to ask their parents that they feel like rubbing or touching themselves. If it is happening with your children, parents should not say that this is wrong. Talk to them, and make your child assure that this is normal. If you will not reply them, then they might become obsessed with it or turn to the internet for information, neither of which is healthy.
· Is stealing wrong?
If your children approach you and ask you that they have stolen something, understand why they felt the urge to. Often kids are just curious about the concept of stealing without thinking about the negative side. Ask them if you didn’t provide them sufficient money, and whether they need more for that bottle of coke or bag of chips. Give them pocket money or a piggy bank to save than stealing anything.
· Where do people go after you die?
Children usually ask this question to their parents after their grandparent’s death. You can respond by talking about the concept of heaven, or afterlife, or a higher power, whatever is in align with your religious or spiritual belief.
Mostly kids are just scared or more conscious about it that their parents will also die soon. Just let them know that the death is inevitable, but also comfort them by saying that there are many decades to go. If the children ask, ‘Will I also die?’ doesn’t lie to them. Tell them the facts because telling a truth is always the best option.
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