“All you need is love, love, love is all you need.”
It was in 1967 that John Lennon penned the lyrics to a song that would speak to millions of people across the globe in the years to come. Some might argue that it was a simpler time, but I am most certain that the simplicity contained within the lyrics of this song are exactly the message that our children need to hear today.
From the very first moment that they learn to string a few words together, kids start asking questions. The world around them is big and confusing and, after sitting silently on the sidelines (or in the bouncy seat, as the case may be) for nearly two years, they need answers.
It starts with simple questions.
“Why?” (1,000 times over.)
But as they grow, the questions become more and more specific and their concerns become more and more global.
“Why do they keep cutting the trees if the monkeys need them?”
“Why doesn’t that cat have a home?”
“Does everybody have a family?”
A large part of being a parent is finding age appropriate answers to questions that don’t necessarily have easy answers. And that can be very difficult…