Saturday, July 11, 2009

Preschool Corner: Questions

Oh my goodness the questions this week:

Mommy where is your Dad?
Mommy who killed your Daddy?
Mommy what is bad roses?
Mommy what is bad drink?
Mommy where is heaven?
Mommy is Jesus making your Daddy better?
Mommy what are we doing next?
Mommy what are we doing after that?
Mommy, why does this taste good?
Mommy what makes the ice cream taste good?
Mommy who is Aunt Tara's mommy?
Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy........

I think I'm going crazy with questions. HOwever they lead to good discussions, so that is a good thing.


So, on to these innumerable questions. This first came up when I was trying to help them draw relationships between people. I was explaining that Mimi is my Mom (Mimi is the one on the right in the picture). This of course led to the discussion of who is my Dad.

So, I explained to them that my Dad died before they were born (actually a month before I got married). This led to the question of who killed my Daddy. They are thinking of the video games where people die because someone is killed, but it's okay because they all come back to life. So, we talked about how no one killed him, he died of cirrhoisis.

Of course that led to what is "bad roses?" I explained how it was a really bad owie in your tummy. Then of course they had to tell me how they had "bad roses," because they had owies in their tummies. I then explained that they don't have "bad roses," because you have to drink lots of bad drink to get it (which will soon lead into a sticky problem if they ask too much about what bad drink is because Jeff does drink the occasional beer, but that's a problem for another day).

Then they started asking about heaven, because I said he was in heaven with Jesus because he told Jesus he wanted to be friends with him. Since they had just heard the story of how Jesus had healed someone, they of course made the connection that Jesus was going to heal my Daddy and bring him back.

This has had good sides and bad sides to it. On the one hand, we've had lots of great conversations about how to be a Christian and heaven and what God can do. On the other hand these are really heavy topics for a 4 year old. I don't think they always understand it. Actually I know they don't.

I'm always trying to look for ways to incorporate the Bible into what we talk about, because it is central to what I believe and I want them to realize it is important too.

So, it's been an interesting week. I will say that car rides are a great place to have conversations with your kids. We've been having all sorts of interesting questions come up there. Of course that's also where I'm forced to sing endless variations of "10 Little Indians," so there's downsides too.

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