Prior to reading Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, I had heard about another book previously written by them, Give Them Grace. As most of you know, I am not at the point in my life to be answering Mason's tough questions since he is only 8.5 months old. However, from seeing friends raise children, I have seen and learned that the time passes quickly and it will not be long before our little fella will be asking tough questions and Matt and I will need to try to answer them.
I really love Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions and think that it is well written. The first thing that I discovered and loved about the book is that Jessica, the main author, tells upfront that she does not have all of the answers. She is honest about how hard it can be to answer your kids' tough questions about life, death an all in between.
In each section of Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions, a difficult question is presented such as: What is Sin? Who is Satan? What is Hell? Why do People get Divorced? and many more questions. The authors give scripture to support answers to the questions. There is a section of each chapter where answers are provided for Preschool age children, age 5-10 and 11 and beyond. I LOVE that component of the book because it will help me as a parent to be aware of what my child may be able to understand.
Lastly, I love that the book points to the parent and explains the importance of being aware of these situations before the questions may be asked especially related to death. Don't wait until a death occurs in the family to talk about it with your children. Talk about it when you are able. Also, don't take the book word for word. Your 6 year old may be better able to understand the preschool type explanation and your 5 year old may be a bit more mature, etc.
This book is an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, etc to talk to their children about tough situations.
**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review.**