Our children are the most wonderful gifts in the world, and they have joyful, magical, and unforgettable experiences. You know very well that your child in inquisitive and naturally innocent, so when he begins to ask questions about sex, cancer, death, divorce, and alcoholism or substance abuse, you tend to divert the topic and don’t really know how to attack the question that he’ be able to understand without being too vulgar or harsh. How do you explain these sensitive issues to a child? How do you use effective methods to talk to your child at an acceptable level? How do you foresee yourself explaining these sensitive issues in the near future? Let us dig deeper and try to talk about these topics, so we can answer children’s queries in a calm and relaxed manner.
When it comes to death, this is a difficult matter to explain to a child because we really don’t have any idea what happens to the person after his death. The process of dying is pretty easy, but afterlife questions are different. When explaining death and dying to a child, it is important to be straightforward about non-existence, using analogy like not watering the plants may lead to drying and eventually decay, or a broken mirror will never be whole as it was. Explain the importance of taking care of one’s health and being careful to prevent accidents that may lead to one’s death. If your child ask for more, you can discuss the different reasons why people die such as chronic illness, drowning, car accidents, and old age.
If any of your family members has cancer, or your child heard about it from one of his playmates, you can talk about the bodily changes that the patient might be undergoing such as hair loss because of radiation and chemotherapy. It is a good time to discuss the different types of cancer such as leukemia, lung cancer, liver cancer, or brain cancer. Talking about this subject can be alarming to children, most especially if they have seen patients losing weight, experiencing hair loss, or having edematous extremities. Children love to also talk about sex because they naturally curious about it, and this topic can be aligned with gender issues. Children are vulnerable to sex because of what they see online, on social media, and talked among their peers, and children often want to get some validation from their parents by asking questions. It is a good idea starting talking about the basic anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system in a way that suits child’s intellectual and maturity level.
Drinking while intoxicated involves teenagers, so children must be taught that having a DUI violation may require using a monitech device before driving. Teach your child to be responsible and accountable for their actions.