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Awkward Questions, Answered Simply

Do your children ask questions?

“Of course,” you say?

Do they ever ask questions at seemingly the most inopportune times?

“Absolutely,” you might be thinking.

How about if we look to the issue of understanding and acceptance and answer a few questions for our littles privately, instead of say- in line at the grocery?

Here’s a list of commonly asked, innocent yet awkward, questions from preschoolers, and as an added bonus, some easy, nice, effective answers!

All of these questions and more can be answered with the simple fact that we are all far more alike than different and through our differences, even if we don’t love or even like someone, we can be nice, no matter what!

photo-2Why does he talk weird?

Each person talks a little differently than another. No one way is “right” or “wrong,” only different.

Why does he look like that?

We all look different, but we really are more alike than different – we all need love and food and clean air and water and rest every day, no matter how we look.

Is his mommy a daddy?

His mommy is a parent, just like all mommies and daddies are called “parents.”

photo-3Why does her mouth look so funny?

Her mouth isn’t “funny,” only different than your mouth or mine.

Why does she have two mommies and no daddy?

Every family is different, but no matter what the most important part of any family is love.

Why is his skin so dark?

His skin is dark for the same reasons that anyone’s skin is the color it is, science.

 

photo-1Why would a mommy and a mommy want to have a baby?

Anyone who wants to start a family, starts with having children.

Why does he have so many brothers?

Every family is different, and so very lucky for each new member that is added.

Can I have two mommies?

You have what you have. No one way is right, but what we have is wonderful just different than what others might have.

Why does he dress that way?

Sometimes people dress a certain way to follow rules according to where they live or what they believe.

photoHow come he looks so different from everyone else?

People look differently from one another but we all need the same things – food, water, clean air, a place to live and people to love us.

How can I be just like her?

You can’t be just like her, but you are wonderful just the way you are. We are all different, and we are all alike too.

If you have two daddies, who makes dinner?

Someone who loves you makes dinner, of course.

If he is just little, why is he so big?

Every BODY is different. Some people grow to be bigger or smaller than other people.

Why do his words sound so funny?

We all sound a little funny to people who talk differently than we do. It doesn’t make us wrong or right, it just makes us different. 

What kind of family is the right kind of family?

Every kind of family is the right kind of family! There is no one right way to be a family and there are zero ways to be a “wrong” kind of family.

All of these questions and more can be answered when you read WE ARE JUST ALIKE with your littles. The easiest answer of all is to realize that we are all vastly different, but so much alike at the same time. Being tolerant and accepting of others doesn’t necessarily mean we agree with them, but that we can treat each other with respect and love, instead of hatred and bigotry.

Doesn’t every child deserve that lesson?

Laura Fogarty writes “Ask Lala” for the Stop Abuse Campaign. She is a mother, an advocate and the author of two children’s abuse prevention books: I’M THE BOSS OF ME! and WE ARE JUST ALIKE! As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the culture of abuse in order to prevent it. Laura lives on the beach in Charleston, South Carolina.

Laura Fogarty writes “Ask Lala” for the Stop Abuse Campaign. She is a mother, an advocate and the author of two children’s abuse prevention books: I’M THE BOSS OF ME! and WE ARE JUST ALIKE! As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the culture of abuse in order to prevent it. Laura lives on the beach in Charleston, South Carolina.

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