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3 Responses to Answering Hard Questions

  1. Sue Thornton

    As a child development specialist, the Grandma mentioned in your article and your MOM, I am blown away at your understanding, compassion and inspirational words!! I always new you could write, but this is a very important post for parents of all ages. I don’t remember every word that I gave to you to answer your questions growing up, but I am certain that between your dad and I, we did not leave you wondering about too many serious things. You are a super example of a devoted wife, mother and mentor to others. Carry on!!! 🙂

  2. Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

    I feel that in answering a difficult question, there’s usually at least one pause point. This is the point when I’ve given a basic answer to the question, and it’s better to pause and let the child ask for more details about what he really wants to know, than to keep rambling on about what I think he wants to know.

    My son likes to hear “the whole story” about historical events. My biggest challenge yet was when we happened to walk past a museum that was advertising an exhibit on Richard Nixon: “Who’s Nixon?” “He was the president when I was born.” “Was he a good or bad president?” “He was so bad he had to quit early.” “What did he do?” Augh. I had read All the President’s Men, but it’s hard to summarize the story and to explain it on a child’s level, especially while walking through downtown traffic in the rain!!