This week, we are lucky enough that one of our members MudHutMama
has graciously allowed us to reprint a post "Explaining Death to Children: Preschoool Homeschool
" from her blog. This is a hard subject to tackle, much less from a secular point of view and she did it!
Jody is a stay-at-home mom, married to a career conservationist, who is raising two girls in the Zambian Bush. Pre-motherhood she worked with international and environmental education. Jody is homeschooling her daughters and enjoys sharing her love of other cultures, nature and conservation with them. She writes about their adventures at Mud Hut Mama.
This weeks homeschool was a little different than usual but one of the things that I love about homeschooling is that it allows me to tailor our weekly lessons to my kids’ needs. Boo has recently had a lot of questions and concerns about death and, since Boo has been talking about it so much, Kooks has also started questioning. This weeks activities have been all about explaining death to children (specifically my children) as honestly as possible while trying to allay their fears.
To be honest I hadn’t really thought about how I would talk about death to my kids until I read this post at Mama Mzungu
about a year ago and thought – oh no – I’m next! Since then I’ve definitely been thinking about it. Well a couple of weeks ago I got the question. Boo asked me if everyone has a Granny and then told me that her Granny doesn’t have a Granny because she’s never met her. When I explained that Granny did have a Granny once but that her Granny had died Boo asked how she died. I said that she was very old and that was why she died. Then she asked if everyone dies, I said yes. Then she asked if she was going to die and I felt so much less prepared than I thought I was when I answered “not until you’re very old.” Then Boo started crying and said, “but I don’t want to die!” This post contains affiliate links