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December 18, 2010

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notSupermum

Bless her. They have so many questions at that age don't they? when the Teenager was little she asked me if there was a Woolworth's in heaven. I said yes, but now I'm worried :-(

jfb57

You must keep these & write a book!! Thank goodness she's happy with Santa! Sending you both a huge hug!!

Rosie Scribble

It is worrying isn't it. Have to admit Woolworth's has never been my idea of Heaven!

Rosie Scribble

Hugs to you Julia. Hope the wedding went well! xx

Iota

I agree - bottling up is not good. Great that she can talk to you and be open with you.

I think the big problem is that as adults we often don't know what we think and believe. So it's not even a question of struggling to know what is appropriate to tell a 7 year old. It's a question of struggling to know, full stop. I only know the answer to 2 out of 5 of the questions above, which is only 40%. Not a pass mark.

Rosie Scribble

Iota, I agree with you completely. When it comes to the religious aspects, I know what I believe but that differs from what her school is telling her and at seven she is too young, I feel, to hear and understand my rather cynical views. So while at the same time wanting to give her answers that don't alarm her, I am, I now realise, telling her things I don't actually believe myself. Difficult isn't it!

Lorraine The Party Times

They grow up too fast...my 7 year old asks some classic questions and I still find myself avoiding or changing the subject...not good!!!

Mwa (Lost in Translation)

Really difficult indeed. With my own kids I found that I worried about it more than them. They talk about death in such a matter-of-fact way it unnerves me sometimes.

Rosie Scribble

I'm good at avoiding the question by suddenly asking "Would you like a chocolate biscuit?" I'm guessing that approach won't work forever!!

Rosie Scribble

I suppose questions like this are all normal and healthy and part of growing up. I wrote about the issue of death on here many months ago and I remember many people saying the matter-of-fact approach seems best. I could imagine it's quite unnerving to hear your own kids talking about it in that way though. Hmm.

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