My granddaughter who is 5 has been asking family members how did the universe and "everything" begin.
She asks questions like this all the time. I told her it stated with a big bang. She then asked. What made the big bang? So being a good grandfather I said ask your dad!
A few days later she came back to me and asked. Who is god?
I told her that some people including her dad believe that "god" lived in the sky and made the universe.
She laughed and said "Well daddy said god made it, but he doesn't know who made god."
Then with her head on one side looking deep in thought she said.
I think daddy was just being funny! There is no god in the sky, that's just silly!
Such a shame that she will then go through school and meeting all those people who will try their best to convince her that their psychosis is a normal state of mind, populated by all kinds of horrors and blind idols. I trust you will continue to swim normally through life as a good example to her Earnest
We have that nailed too! My daughter has them at a school that has tremendous academic scores and no religion. Even our 17 year old is far too strong to be badgered into believing "the fairies did it"
This is easier than it looks in Australia. We have a large percentage of Asian (mainly PRC) parents who insist on the best education for their kids, and so seek out the best schools.
As about 95% of them are NOT religious we have great schools, even church schools where religion is at the bottom of the heap and learning math and English at the top.
God-bothering fundies are not well received in my country generally speaking.
Independent and sassy! I love little girls like that. They are so much fun to have around. That is until they start their period, and then its RUN........
I remember the first time I met my stepfather. I went straight up to him and said, "You're ugly." I was seven.
Holy mackeral! You were just like my three little ones.
Never backwards in telling you what they think.
I love the conversations I have with the little ones, they are so smart. I think kids get better and smarter with each generation. My 6 year old grandsoncan hook himself up to the internet, download games and then install them. I couldn't do that till I was 40!
Indeed! I love to spend time with them, and listen to their ideas.
Some of their thoughts and ideas are profound too!
It is great to listen to the ideals and thought process of children especially when they attempt a topic they only hear about and not truly understand
My little ones understand a lot of things. They are far too smart to believe "the devil dunnit" for example.
Children have fantasies, but they know they are fantasies.
More than some adults can manage apparently.
To believe a good and bad fairy run the world is not in their makeup.
That takes indoctrination, and anyone who tries to do that to them will see my fist in their face real smartly.
every 5 year old asks that. and most of them think the answer is ridiculous. its normal. then they grow up and see things differently. thats how life goes.
I have a 13 year old and a 17 year old as well, both girls.
I am getting the hang of it now after having bought their mom up.
Isn't it sad that, grandparents get so much more enjoyment out of their grandchildren than they did their own kids.
I think it has more to do with the fact that as parents your trying to work hard to earn a living to meet their needs, that they forget to enjoy them, but by the time grandkids come along you are more financially secure and not worried as much.
Of course my parents were kids when they had me 16 and 19 so what did they know. lol
However now those grandkids are all they talk about.
I wonder if Parents freel remorse for this.
It is sad, I did far too much working, thinking that I was building a future better than the childhood I had, and was absent far too often initially making money for a better future for my family.
Both my children when they got older took me to task for it, and I apologized to them for doing so.
I have more time now, and fortunately spend it with my children and grandchildren. I can't get enough of them.
I have been around a lot of 5 year olds, and they all ask questions, but having seen their older siblings grow up I have little doubt the younger ones are very smart and more aware than the older one's were at that age.
Their older sisters (13 and 17) often remark on the little ones knowing heaps more than they did at that age. I think kids are getting smarter younger myself.
To be fair many churches in Australia do good work, as they do in other countries, although not many of them try to convert kids to their religion here.
My youngest son, (From PRC and adopted) had a great soprano voice before puberty.
He made a good income for 5 years as a chorister in the Anglican church to pay for his education at an Angican school, (Melbourne Grammar.) He was never approached about religion in that time, and when he left, the church choir leader gave him a book written by a self professed non-believer.
I used to work with them feeding the needy and same outcome. No religious rubbish, just help.
I discovered later that many of the leaders no longer believed in god, they simply used the church as a structure to do their good work.
My conclusion is that people are people and if good they do good, inside or outside of belief in a god or church.
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