If your child is old enough to ask the question, are they old enough to hear the answer?
As a child matures, the questions become more complex. Do we owe it to them and ourselvs to share with them our accomplishments as well as our failures?
Yes, but as limited as possible. For instance, Your child asks: "Where do babies come from Mommy?" Answer: "They come from God as a gift to us." If that satisfies them, then you are all set. If it does not satisfy them they will ask the next question - which you will answer with as little information as possible to see if that satisfies their curiosity.
I have found that when children are little that a simple answer with little detail is all they need. As they grow older they may ask more specific questions. Use the same method but do answer their questions or they WILL ask someone else.
Yes, if you want to bring up honest children you must show them you can be just as honest with them. My son is 10 and still very innocent, so I am grateful for that, but I know soon the question about sex will come up and although I dread the "talk," I would rather he hears it from either me or his father, who thankfully is a social worker, than from an outsider.
My son is 4 years old. His father and I are not together but he is very present in our son's life. When the royal wedding occurred my sons school did a unit on "marriage" and weddings. Even having the kids dress as prince and princesses and bring in a wedding picture of their parents. This unit brought up the question "Mommy, why dont you and daddy have any wedding picture?" Now he is 4, but what a question!
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