Dworin, 38, a mother of three and a former parenting magazine editor, blogs about the quirky journey of her Lutheran family: Dan, 39; Janine, 11; Ben, 8; Jillian, 5; and Harpo and Louis, circus-sized poodles, at www.thelutheran.org/blog/parenting.
It’s the first lesson taught at Sunday school and a favorite bedtime story: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But in your family, the first Bible chapters about creation uncork more questions than answers. “Where’s the part about dinosaurs?” they ask.
So much for an easy bedtime story. Instead of ducking under the blanket to dodge their questions, you’ll feel less stressed about answering your young paleontologists when you:
• Focus on the bigger picture. The creation story centers around a main idea: God is the beginning of all things and God is deeply connected to the universe and its creatures. It’s meant to be read and understood as a story of faith, not as a science journal, history book or a play-by-play news bulletin.
• Ditch the know-it-all stance. It’s OK for parents to say, “I don’t know.”
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