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Talking to Children About Heaven

OnSugar Blog: What Is Heaven Mummy?

Lots of moms think out loud, and Hansel and Gretel does too. What Is Heaven Mummy? comes from the Hansel and Gretel blog at OnSugar.

This is one question that I was not prepared for. Don't get me wrong, I love and encourage as many questions from Tyler as possible and I do try to answer them as honestly as I can, even though sometimes my answer is still not accepted for some bizarre reason. I quite often refer those science and mechanical based questions to my husband and Google the rest of those tricky questions (gotta love Google). When I read a gorgeous book called "Heaven Is Having You" I should have known better. I should have done my research, geared up, ready for the big question, "What is Heaven?".

When (Tyler) asked, I sat there for a long minute and thought of all different answers to give but to be quite honest, I was gobsmacked, I didn't have an answer and I am not even sure what heaven is. I Googled it (and) I still wasn't happy with the given information. This was one concept I wasn't ready for. So the next best thing was ......."ask your father". Has anyone else stumbled across a tricky question?

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runningesq runningesq 7 years
Jenn: That sounds like a great answer ! I think we get caught up in giving a full and complete answer to young children, who are often satisfied by shorter answers.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I was at a loss for words when my daughter (who was 2 at the time) asked, "What's prayer?" Both myself and her dad are atheists, but we both understand that faith is important to many people and want her to respect it. The question was in the context of me shushing her when she was being noisy during a prayer at a wedding. My answer was, "It's when people talk about God and the Bible. You don't know what those things are, but you'll learn. For now, just know that they're also concentrating very hard on peace and love, and we have to be quiet to help them concentrate." She has also asked, "How are persons made?" O.o I told her that they're not made, they're born. Her answer was this: "Maybe they could make persons in factories. That would be better."
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Maria Shriver has a book by this title. It's written for children. Someone gave it to me for my daughters when my mom died. They were 8 and 6. The book had some good parts, but kind of long for a topic that was so sensitive (the girls were very close to my mom). It's worth a look.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Oh I am dreading religion type questions. I am an athiest and my husband is a Lutheran, so I have no idea how we'll handle this type of questioning. Tougher than "where do babies come from?" I think !
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