The God Talk

How Young Is Too Young To Have “The Talk”??

Mom Jeanine
November 22, 2011


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No, not that talk. My daughter is only 3 for goodness sake. I’m talking about the God talk. My little girl is only a toddler, but she is obsessed with God.

We go to church just about every Sunday and have been ever since she was born. Her fascination with God didn’t actually begin until I told her that my grandmother–my dad’s mother–was in heaven with God. Immediately, I could see the wheels in her head begin to churn. At the time, she asked why she was in heaven and when she would get to see her. I somehow dodged those questions, but over the last few months she’s continued to ask about God and heaven and my grandmother in heaven.

It all got even more serious this weekend when we were getting ready for church. I was putting on my daughter shoes and she asked where we were going. I told her to church to say thank you to God and she started balling. Like hyperventilating, crocodile tears, the works. When I asked her what was wrong, she said she missed God and my grandma and she wanted to see them. Eek. What was I supposed to say? I finally decided to tell her that if she prayed, God would help her see Him in her own way. Worked… that time.

But the praying solution opened up a whole other can of worms. Now in addition to wanting to see where God lives, my daughter also wants to know how He hears her when she prays. And how He protects her no matter where she goes. I’ve been going to church my entire life and consider my relationship with God pretty solid, but I’m no biblical scholar and this is hard stuff to explain to a 3-year-old.

So recently, I’ve been deferring to my parents. My daughter will ask, “Why can’t I see God and your grandma?” and I’ll say, “Let’s wait until we see grandpa and ask him.” I know it’s awful, but who knew she would be so intrigued by this?

Anyone else’s kid on a God kick? How are you handling it? Please, please share your advice in the comments.

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  • Heather
    November 22, 2011

  • Next time you pray, ask God to give you the words to explain things in a way your daughter will understand. The more conversations you have, the easier it will become. I think it’s great that she is interested! Many blessings as you encourage her on her journey!

  • Kristi
    November 22, 2011

  • LOL. That is awesome! My daughter went through a VERY similar phase a couple years ago. She found out that my dad had died before she was born and I told her he was in heaven with God…same story. She started balling one time telling me she didn’t want me to die and go be with my dad and God, she wanted me to stay with her. I still struggle with the right explanations and I went to Catholic school my whole life, etc. I definitely don’t have the best advice to give b/c I definitely don’t think I give her good answers. =) I just tried to explain to her that God is not a person, God is more like a spirit. I said God is not a man or a woman, although he took a man’s form when he sent us Jesus, but that he is with us all the time and can hear us when we pray and see us all the time, blah blah blah. Then she went on this kick about how if God was everywhere and he was invisible she was worried about biting him while she talked. =) Anyway, I said I know it seems incredibly sad for us when we lose someone but THEY”RE not sad, and once they are up in heaven they can see us and hear us all the time too and they are very happy. Who knows. She seems okay with everything now. Good luck

  • Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    November 22, 2011

  • I like Heather’s answer. I love that your daughter is interested. Also, ask your parents opinion on how they’d handle it. When you figure it out, write a post about it. I’m sure I’ll be in your shoes soon enough!