Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson ~ A Parenting Book Review

HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics
Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
Nonfiction / Parenting

Back Of The Book:

The Honest, Loving Answers 
Children Need to Hear

What should you say when your five-year-old asks about his dying grandma? Or when your seven-year-old wonders if the devil is real? Or when the sixth graders in your Sunday school class are talking about a tragedy they heard about on the news? When it comes to the dark and tragic aspects of our world, it can be hard to know what to say and how much.

Mother/daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson will carefully walk you through difficult conversations, one topic at a time. Speaking from personal experience, informed by child development research, these two moms offer practical insights and age-appropriate guidance.

Talking about tough topics may not be as hard as you think, and, more important, you'll see how these conversations can lead to meaningful discussions of God's unchanging goodness.


My Thoughts:

Chances are if you've got kids you've been faced with answering some pretty tough questions. How do you go about answering the really tough ones? You know the ones . . . why do people die? what about homosexuality? rape? incest? and on and on and on. What's a parent to do in an age of political correctness and the glorifying of sinful lifestyles?

The mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson take a candid look at some of the hardest questions that parents face and give solid advice on how to approach the topics with your children. From the beginning of the book they make it clear that it is impossible to give children answers without understanding the answers yourself.

Remember how your parents would sometimes answer "because I said so". Have you ever given that answer? I know I have! I usually wind up giving that answer when I myself don't quite understand why I'm giving the answer I'm giving. As parents that are trying to give godly answers to these hard questions it is important that we first understand the biblical reasoning behind the answer. 

Each chapter addresses a touchy topic. The question is asked and then the authors begin by stating what the scriptural context is. They also address what the enemy would like us to believe. The suggested answers are also divided up into age group appropriateness. We all know how awkward it can be to start answering something and realize that we have given our preschooler way too much information! Another thing they talk about is the follow up questions. This is a very thorough book for being so small. I really liked how each chapter ended with the 'In A Nutshell' segment. This small section really helped to solidify what was presented.

If you have kids or grandkids or even if you just work with kids, you need to get this book. Is every sticky question addressed in the book? Of course not, but it does give a great jumping off point for changing your thinking about how to answer tough questions. This is a great resource that you can turn to again and again when those tough questions get asked at any age.

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