There are no awkward questions, but the bad ways to interpret or ask them. But when it comes to children, more than one issue can become a whole odyssey to be solved in a proper way. From the age of 3 years begins a stage of curiosity in children, which sometimes ends by 5 years but in other cases becomes a custom, because there are curious children by nature.
When the stage of curiosity begins, knowing the reason for things and children begin to wonder why things, it’s time to learn to answer those questions. But it is also necessary to teach children to formulate certain issues that may be considered uncomfortable. So that somehow, they can find answers to those questions that are asked, but without disturbing anyone or being inappropriate with people who may be offended.
How to answer uncomfortable questions
What is considered to be uncomfortable questions are nothing more than questions that in most cases have a more or less simple explanation. But when it comes to talking to young children, adults tend to look for unsatisfactory outings, which leave children with the same curiosity and who will somehow look for ways to find answers. That is, if your child asks you where the children come from and you tell them that they will already know when they are older, be sure that same question will be asked to any other adult.
That is, children between 3 and 6 years of age begin to experience important advances in thinking development. Their curiosity and desire to know more about everything around them, leads them to ask themselves certain questions they need to solve. They watch television, messages in the stories they know, even listen to conversations. All this leads them to wonder things like death, life or love.
If this happens in your case and your child has already started asking you questions that you don’t know very well how to answer, think it’s easiest to do it naturally. It is of no use to postpone the moment, nor dodge questions that may be worrying the child and become a problem. In addition, you can teach them to ask those awkward questions to other people in a respectful way.
How should uncomfortable questions be asked?
For children to ask questions is inevitable, moreover, it is entirely necessary because it is their way of learning. You cannot restrict the freedom to ask questions, because somehow you end up interfering with your learning. That is, it’s okay for children to ask questions, what they need to learn is to ask any question appropriately depending on the occasion.
Just as in school children are taught that to ask they should ask for a shift and wait for it to touch them, they should be taught that to ask a question to anyone, they must wait for the right time. Similarly, it should always be parents or adults in the nearest circle to resolve any questions about children. This way, you can make sure your child receives an age-appropriate response and understanding.
Work critical thinking with your children, teach them to ask themselves questions, so they can look for an answer. For example, how do you think things they have, like their electric toys, work? these kinds of questions, teaches them to wonder about why things, but also to be interested in things relating to the world around them.
Talk to your children about the differences between people
Likewise, it’s important that you have conversations with your children. Children should learn that all people in the world are different, that all children do not have the same skin color, that some people are very thin and others less, or that there are very very tall people like basketball players. Knowing these kinds of issues will prevent children from being curious at an inappropriate time, such as in front of those people who are different.
In short, it’s about getting a little ahead of certain awkward questions that may be so simply for the moment chosen by the child. It is not the same that at home we talk about the families of two moms, two dads or where there is only one father figure, because it can be treated in a natural way and without anyone being offended.