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Discussion 3 to Ask the Patriarch 93
Trust that your child can handle the truth

by jmb1504 (screen name)

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Both abysmalzenith and BadNeurons have solid points considering they have not been involved in raising kids! I only have a few points to add:

I happen to have a very active and curious daughter. I think that one of the most important things is to trust that your child can handle the truth. The other day when my daughter asked me why it got dark, I didn't "dumb" it down or use some soft answer like "that's god turning the lights off". I told her the truth, that the earth is a planet which turns in a circle while it's going around the sun, and that sometimes the part of the planet that we live on is facing to the sun and sometimes its not. When it's not, it's dark. (I used a light and a ball to demonstrate, which helped.) I also explained to her about the seasons and the moon reflecting the sun's light. She thought it was great! And it seemed to satisfy her more than another answer would have. Trust that your child doesn't need fairy tales and superstition. Remember that their intelligence (as defined by the ability to accept and adjust to change) is higher between birth and five than at any other time in their life.

Also, it is important to realize that right and wrong are not the same as good and evil. You can teach your child right and wrong but leave the heaven and hell part out. You will have to define right and wrong according to how you see fit, but the basic rule is that if it hurts someone in a basic way, it's wrong. It’s very important to teach children respect.