We talked to our kids about souls

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  1. If my kid asked me about something as deep as that, my answer would be similar to the way you started out saying that a soul is you spiritual being, but then I would have told him Jesus said “no man cometh to the Father but by me” and after telling him that truth I would have then said “son, its your choice now, choose you this day whom ye will serve.” That age is the same age I questioned how everything came about. He deserves to know that his Creator loved him enough to send his only begotten Son to die on a cross for his sin. What a wonderful peace I have now in my heart, never to wonder again. God is so good.

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  2. hard to be a parent sometimes when they ask these questions but good for your own clear thinking and lovely too, especially when years later you realise they took all you said on board and kept it
    (except my son wanted to come back as a teddy bear and i imagine he must have changed his mind about that by now)

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  3. I smiled when I read this story. I can tell your son is a thoughtful person. My son is only 4, but he’s also been asking a lot of questions about life, death, soul, spirit, God…they’re hard questions to answer, and he’s not as mature as your son, so I’ve felt a little out of my depth. Thanks for giving me some ideas to try in our next conversation!

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  4. I love how although you found it hard to convey to your child what a soul is. You dug deep, and explained it to them in such a beautiful, non-confusing way. Beautiful post, from a beautiful soul.

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  5. Respect, understanding, live and let live. Its that easy.. and hard at the same time… Too easy to get lost in filosophical thinking… think first about the living beings that are massively abused and used by that one ugly living being called human.

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  6. Wisha, wisha, wisha. (?) Enid Blyton’s, The enchanted wood. I have read this book to my children many times but have failed to enjoy it. However, I love how the trees talk…”wisha, wisha, wisha”. They seem to say everything that needs to be said but the children ( and we by default) fail to hear it. And so we must venture further to find out for ourselves. This for me, in its simplicity speaks volumes. In the abstact world of our heads we ponder whether trees have souls and in the process fail to see the tangible reality that of course they do. We miss the message whilst looking for it.

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  7. You have such a beautiful way with words. Thank you for the post! I also admire you and your husband’s ways of parenting, allowing your children to find their own beliefs. I’m curious to know what it is you believe in. I in particular do not believe in reincarnation as I believe we were created for a purpose, not just to live and die, permutate into a new being and then repeat the process endlessly. I beleieve humans were created with love and intention. Because I admire your openness, would you care to discuss beliefs? Or post your point of views? I would love to learn more!

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  8. You have a beautiful way of helping your children to understand life. Its such a difficult subject to discuss, but you sure mastered it. What beautiful minds you all have xxx

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  9. I think this is cool because in my religon (LDS often called mormons)we have a scripture(Moses 3:5) that talks about creating all things spritually before making them physically. We belive that before being born on earth we lived in a sprit world. We then came to this life, then after death we go to eather sprit prison or paradise.(simlar to heaven or hell, only those who have reached paradise are teaching and helping those in sprit prison learn about God and perpare for judgment were they will gain varying degrees of glory coming with differnt places were they will live) anyway I thought this was a cool post and really liked what you said about feeling a connection to the trees. I think nature is a realy great place to connect and think. That place looks absolutely beautiful I’d like to visit there sometime.

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  10. I really admire the honesty of this piece and I also admire the fact that you are not afraid to be vulnerable in front of your children. Many parents are very authoritative and the first answer they think of is the answer they force upon their babies. I’m glad you showed a little struggle. It gives them insight to the idea that you’re not just their Mom but also a human being. You may not have all the answers but you will always try and give them the best one.

    Bravo!

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  11. I am 28, and for a few years now i have been very much on the fence about havibg children. This post has given me a sense that if I do have children in our current cultural climate, there is still hope for them to live a fulfilling life. In a way, you have shown that my unborn, hypothetical offspring will have like ninded individuals around with whim they can explore, and ponder, the age okd questions of human existence. Thank you.

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  12. I thought i was crazy when i felt that same connection you described. Now i know i am not, haha. I have the strangest connection to them and i love to think i could be a tree through reincarnation. I love to draw them and speak to them through my mind when i take walks. I absolutely love this. Always be good to your children, children take all of their knowledge from you.

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  13. this is fabulous & similar to conversations i have had with my daughter – who at the end of it decided she believed in reincarnation because she really wanted to be a kitty someday 🙂

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