||[May. 22nd, 2009|05:36 pm]
A Community For Jewish Parenting
This community has been SO quiet for SO long! I hope it's not dying! |
Here's a hypothetical question that interests me greatly .... What do you do if a child in your life comes up to you and says, "Hey, Adult That I Trust, my parents told me [fill in the blank with something obviously untrue or not completely true]. Is that true?"
I don't believe in lying to children, but I also don't believe in driving a wedge of mistrust between a child and his/her parents. I realize it would depend on the question, the nature of the misinformation, and the age of the child, among other things, but I still can't really imagine how I would handle it.
What if a 4-year-old wants to know if his deceased pet is "with another family?" What if a 2-year-old says, "Is it true that only grown-ups can drink Coca-Cola?" What if a 10-year-old girl wants to know if you know about "God's special way" of bringing babies into the world, which in no way resembles the actual birth process? What if an 8-year-old says that she doesn't need to wash her hands because "we all share the same germs?"
How would you handle these scenarios? Give me some others, too: real or imaginary situations and how you have or would handle them.