Mum told us not to throw our teddies and dolls around and to look after the as they had thoughts and feelings just as we did. I can remeber being enthralled in listening to her stories of what the dolls and teddies had got up to when we were asleep. She explained to us that just because they did not look or live like us did not mean that they did not feel ofr think like us. I guess the value in that teaching was that we learnt to respect everything even things that are very different, and leant to believe in things we could not see.
I try to teach my children that death is not final, but rather another phase ina journey. I explain to my son, just like my mother did to me, that the body is like a car that carries the soul and that when we die, the soul leaves the body, just like a person gets out of a car and moves on to bigger and better things. I try to teach him that death is nothing to be feared, but rather something to be celebrated..as we have obviously learnt what we needed to in this life and thereofre moved on to our next part of learning. This belief is a very personal one , which some people will not be able to accept. Iunderstand this and respect the fact too that every one deals with life and death is vary different ways.
Anyway, I suggest that you read fairy tales to your children, follow their lead and teach them what you can, but like I said SHOW them, through your own attitude and way of life. Just remember that not everyone will agree with what you teach your children, so they need to know that people will say that what they beilive in in not real. We are currently trying to teach my 5 year old that if people don't believe then let them be, don't discuss it, for it is them that is missing out ~ not him!
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