How do you answer that? This is just one of the many questions put forth by my children every time I turn around. Thankfully, THE QUESTION hasn’t come up just yet. I am not ready for that. But I do love the questions presented me. It gives me an opportunity to sit down with my children and have a personal conversation with them.
I especially love when I don’t have ready answers. You may think this sounds crazy, but as a homeschool mom I see great value in not having the answers all the time. The first thing we do when presented with a question we don’t have the answer to, is begin some research. This teaches my kids great skills in researching and finding out answers for yourself. This is valuable if you want to raise children who will think for themselves as adults.
Second, it teaches them that we don’t always have all the answers and that it’s fine to say, “I don’t know.”
After our research “party” we then get the opportunity to sit down and discuss the finer points of the question based on our findings and then compare them what we already know. This helps them to think things through and make sound decisions based on the values and morals that we have taught them.
For me there is no greater reward than to see your children learn, grow and apply the little lessons in life. I am thankful everyday that I have the opportunity to witness this first hand.
As for the brain washing, well, if you want to know, you will just have to research it for yourself :).