How do I answer embarrassing questions asked by my child?
By Madhurie Singh, March 17, 2012
No prize for this, but every parent has to go through the awkward, nightmarish and embarassing questions asked by their children.
The best way to handle them is, to answer them as honestly as possible without describing anything in details. Leave the gory details for later years :).
But there will be time when even people like me get stuck and do not know what to answer, how ever creatively I have tried to asnwer the questions in the past.
But one thing you must never do is scold them for their curiosity. The more you answer the more are the chances that they will not have to ask anyone else. So when you tell them you do not know the answer will be taken very easily by the child. Or when you tell them that you will find the right answer and tell them, they will wait.
So recently I was stumped by such a query while watching TV.
"Mom ! What is r*p*?"
"When some one tries to kiss someone without permission or forcibly. Would you like if a stranger kissed you when you were walking on the roads? "
"Well that's r*p*".
Today was again such a day. A TV channel was promoting one of their serials and this is what they caused.
"Mom what is shaaree**k samb***dh
I was really dumb founded.
So I thought of giving this a pass.
"I will answer after you finish one maths problem."
"ok" since he is really very good with math problems he was very excited.
I went to the last chapter of his math text book and asked him to solve the last question.
Shocked, he said, " Mom, I have not reached that chapter. We are not taught the two chapters before that, how can I answer the last one?"
"Are you sure? Try it"
"Yes mom I think I will wait till it is taught in the school. This is what you always say that do not jump to next chapter without finishing the current chapter!"
"Right, similarly, there are many things for which you will get your answer when you complete few more years."