Awkward Questions Children Ask Part Three
Dr Amanda Gummer, Play & Parenting Psychologist and founder of Fundamentally Children has been helping Mumsnetters with how to answer those awkward questions that children ask.
So today’s question is:
What does the tooth fairy do with the teeth they collect?
As with all the childhood myths and legends, it’s a wonderful opportunity to help children nurture their imagination and create their own beliefs.
You can say something like ‘No one really knows what the ‘tooth fairy’ does with the teeth as you can’t see them, but why don’t you think of all the things you think s/he may use them for? And maybe draw a picture too.
It’s also good to say what you like to think. Maybe they build homes or little villages?
Again, it’s good to reinforce that with beliefs, there’s no ‘right or wrong answer. For example ‘You can believe whatever you want to believe. Some people don’t believe in the Tooth fairy and this is fine too.’
A note from the Berkshire Local Editor: Harnessing a child’s imagination is a great thing and is a fantastic way to help them develop thought and consideration. You can get them to think through their argument. I think this because…… etc etc and that links in with what Amanda suggests about ensuring your child understands that there is no right or wrong answers when it comes to beliefs. I’d love to know your thoughts. Feel free to comment here or email Berkshire@mumsnetlocal.com
Read Part One: Who is lying?
Read Part Two: Why do grown ups argue?