I am a mother of a 3-year-old toddler who seems to be very curious about sensitive topics such as death and sex. She asks me questions like "why did grandma die?" or "where do babies come from?" and I am not quite sure how to respond in a way that is appropriate for her age.
I want to make sure that I am honest with her, but at the same time, I don't want to overwhelm her with information that she might not fully understand or be ready for. Can anyone please share some advice on how to handle my toddler's curiosity about these sensitive topics in a way that is both informative and age-appropriate?
Thank you so much.
As a father of a toddler who has been through a similar situation, I can relate and share my own experiences regarding this. As a parent, I understand the curiosity of young kids, it’s always better to keep the information simple, honest and to the point.
When it comes to sensitive topics like death or sex, a good way to begin is to determine what your child is really asking. Start by asking questions in return to find out what your child wants or needs to know. This helps guide your response accordingly.
When my son asked about death, I kept the response simple by telling him that death means the person is no longer alive and they have gone to a special place called heaven. This information allowed him to understand in a way that did not make him scared or overwhelmed.
Similarly, when my son asked about sex, I used age-appropriate books to explain to him, while keeping the conversation honest and straightforward. I explained that sex is a topic we discuss in our family with love and respect, but it is something that is best discussed with me, his dad or his mom.
In conclusion, it’s vital to be truthful and simple when discussing sensitive topics. The way we handle these delicate situations as parents is crucial, and with patience and understanding, we can support our children’s curiosity and growing knowledge, without overwhelming them.