Yesterday while making breakfast for my 10 year old cousin, out of the blue, she asked "Do you believe in God?'

I hesitated for a moment and asked if she wanted an honest answer.  She said yes, so I said no, I don't believe there is a god.

Do you think I was right in being honest with a 10 year old.  I will add that she did not follow up with any questions or comments.   And that she is a very smart 10 year old.

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Yep, always be honest, and also expressing the reasons why you yourself dont believe in a god, providing a number of reasons(well in fact there are a lot of reasons).

I think the best approach with kids is usually to just answer their question, and any follow-up questions. It's best not to pile on.

Or censore. My girlfriend's sister was very curious about why i don't believe in god only to shut me up before i even answer. I'm willing to bet an arm in that she thought that something has been hidden from her. It doesn't help her cause that the smartest and sweetest people she knows are not that religious and/or atheists.

Your girlfriend's sister doesn't want to hear anything that conflicts with her beliefs.

I missexpress myself, sorry. My girlfriend was the one stopping me to explain to her sister why i don't believe. I really need to start proof reading.

Never tell a child more than they ask for, it can cause sensory overload.

Yes...I would have been honest.  The preachers fill the children's heads with their fantasies.  I believe they also deserve to know that there are people don't believe.

Why wouldn't you be honest with her? We lie enough to children as it is, lies about important things. Lies like, "you can be what ever you want when you grow up." If that one were true, there would be a couple million astronauts, princesses, and knights running around. Seems like the only people who got that wish granted where the cowboys, and most of them are assholes.

I say tell your children the truth about everything, but be sure to fix that damage by giving them hope. Because you can't be whatever you want when you grow up, but if you work really hard, you actually can change the world for the better.

Three things hard to hide it, the sun and the moon and the truth.

No more foma! No more foma!

It would depend on the situation, but being 10 years old and actually asking an adult the God question, she is ready to think for herself.

It's like what the experts say about answering kids' questions regarding sex. Just answer the question honestly. Don't take it as an opportunity to try to tell them everything.

The same with religious questions. Just answer the question and any follow-ups. Don't go beyond it because to the kid it'll feel like intellectual bullying.

They'll be curious and ask more questions later.


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