Asking Children Life’s Big Questions
By Rory Kidder
I love to begin my Sunday by watching “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN. This Sunday, I happened to catch Oprah interviewing actor Rainn Wilson, from “The Office.” Rainn shared one of his favorite things to do, which is asking people life’s big questions. He proceeded to ask Oprah some big questions like, “What do you miss most about being five years old?”, “What do you think happens when we die?”, and “If you could ask God any question, what would it be?”
As I was listening to Rainn and Oprah, my mind began to drift (as it always does) to Professor Child because we LOVE to ask life’s big questions… to kids. In Children and Grief and Children and Divorce, we pose life’s big questions to kids and have received amazing answers that have touched us deeply and taught us lessons we never would have learned had we not asked those questions.
So today, I encourage you to begin asking the children in your life, life’s big questions. Here are a few questions to help you get started.
What do you miss most about being (insert age)?
What do you love about your family?
What do you think happens when we die?
What gives you strength during hard times?
What do you want other people to know about you?
We look forward to hearing from you about your experience with asking kids life’s big questions. Enjoy!