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Everyone has questions -- but children need special answers. When confronted by a five-year-old asking, "How are babies made?" or "What does dead mean?" do you flounder for the right answer? In Questions Children Ask, Dr. Miriam Stoppard provides honest, sensitive answers allowing the parent or caregiver to tailor their replies to the child's level of maturity and comprehension. Questions are grouped into topics ranging from sexuality and babies, divorce and drugs, to violence, abuse and death. Each question page is set up with alternative answers depending on the child's age and loaded with full-colour illustrations.

Questions Children Ask offers practical advice that enables parents and caregivers to guide children on how to deal with difficult situations -- the death of a grandparent or a bully in the playground -- and may also alert them to questions that could indicate a child's hidden fear or cry for help. This indispensable book will help any caregiver to be responsive and sensitive to the unique concerns of children as they come to grips with their bodies and the world around them. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dr Miriam Stoppard is the best-selling author of childcare, pregnancy and health titles. Her books include Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, Baby and Child Health Care and Complete Baby and Child Care. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789414716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789414717
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2001
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Children are naturally curious. That is how they learn. By asking questions, they find their way through the world of endless information. This book gives answers for children in four age groups. This includes age 2-4, 4-6, 6-8 and 8-11.

While many parents will find this book a bit controversial, I think once they read the contents for what it is, it will in fact help them to decide what they want to tell a child and when. It is my understanding that this is a guide for parents to help them answer questions, so that is my word of caution to parents.

Each parent will have to decide what they want to tell a child or what they don't want to tell them. I do not advise this book for reading with a child. It is way too detailed for the earlier ages. Plus, don't you want your child to think you really know all this information and look up to you with great awe. I am joking, but really some of the information presented was a bit much to tell a child.

The sections on sex are very graphic and tell all. Now that you are all pulling out your credit cards.....shall I go on? Well on a more serious note, do I want my children to know the mechanics of sex if I want them to abstain until they are married. Then on the other hand, do I want my child to be prepared to fight off a molester? Yes! So, what do I tell a child at a young age so they are safe. That is the trick question and this book will help parents to know what to tell a child and at what age. This book deals with very difficult issues, ones that even adults don't want to deal with, like divorce.

It is sad that children can't grow up in a perfect world and what is a parent to do when their child comes home with questions about life as they know it.
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I enjoyed some of the descriptions and easy to understand terms used to explain some of the more sensitive subjects that most parents are uncomfortable with. I do, however, believe some of her discussions about social and emotional issues were lacking and in some ways, outdated. A particular example of this is her explaining what to do about coping with bullys. I found it appalling that in this day in age, her advice is to warn the bully you will strike back, and then do so upon further harassment by the bully. "Take one final swoop" and then go find a grown up. Sounds like an outdated mode of coping, one that in today's society would get you suspended from school, at the least, fatally wounded at the worst. Made me question some of her other explanations about similar issues.
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A coworker of mine uses this as her "manual" and recently lent me her copy. This is a pretty good guide to start with in case you encounter some difficult questions you're not sure how to tackle. The suggested answers are really meant to serve as a way to encourage a healthy & open dialogue. Obviously you need to tailor it to your own beliefs. I like that the answers are divided into 4 age groups: 2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8-11. I also like that Stoppard explains the psychology behind the questions being asked. For example, knowing that "the world of a young child is very self-centered and a simple answer will satisfy his curiosity" will spare a parent from agonzing about what details to share on a sensitive topic.

There are 37 questions in all, divided into 5 main categories:
Questions About Sex and Birth (includes Sexual Orientation, Masturbation, Puberty, Nudity, Contraceptives, Genitaila)
Questions About the Unknown (includes Death, God, Religion, Darkness)
Questions About Relationships (includes Divorce, Adoption, School, Friendships, Siblings, Step-parents)
Questions About Differences (includes Races, Disabilities, Vegetarian Lifestyle)
Questions About Safety & Health (includes Strangers, Abuse, Violence, Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, AIDS)

Another reviewer wrote a critique about Stoppard's suggested answers on bullying. When I read that section, this is what I found: "For Ages 6-8: You know Mommy and Daddy don't approve of violence - punching and hitting - but bullies are bad; they must be stopped. So this is what you do next time: give the bully one warning and say if he attacks you again you'll hit him back, then go and tell your teacher what happened. Tell me, too, as soon as possible.
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Self help at it's best, for those who want to use the best "words." Adults know what they want to say but sometimes need help explaining to a child. This is the perfect book for those of us that forget what it's like to be a child, listening to an adult explanation.What to Expect the First Year, Second Ed
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