My child is a never ending well of deep curiousity, and the questions cease only when I absolutely INSIST that it is quiet time. This is a bit overwhelming, considering DS is just over 3.5 y/o and was not really even talking at this time last year. Now, he goes on and on and on and on all day, and each answer I give leads to a new question. He is my first child and all of the confidence I had on what to do with an infant/toddler is lost on this clearly-not-so-little-anymore kiddo.
I am struggling with the need to be honest with him. I felt my mother lied to me for most of my life and I have this deep rooted tell-him-the-truth-philosophy. But one minute, we're talking about dinosaurs and he wants to know why there aren't any dinosaurs except birds anymore. I tell him they've all died. He wants to know why they died. We talk about extinction, climates, food supply/demand, etc. He wants to know when people will die. Why do people die? When all of the people die, can dinosaurs come back? I don't know what is age appropriate death discussion.
He's also well-informed of babies growing inside their mother's womb and sperm fertilizes egg yada, yada and now he wants to know, how does the sperm get inside the Mom to the egg? So now I have to find a book and figure out what's age appropriate sex talk..
DH is a LEO, so of course, we had to discuss gun safety in case he should ever see or be near his dad's weapon. He knows that guns are not safe because they could "really, really hurt someone" and that daddy carries it only because he has to but has never used it. But then DS can be overheard at the playground telling other kids their Nerf guns could hurt someone......
If his questions were less insightful, I might be less pulled to answer. But he's honestly so curious, and each question seems logically connected to the one he asked before. I sometimes feel as if he's trying to make up for all of the things he didn't say/ask for the first 2.5 years of his life.
Anyway, it seems that at least once every day, I find myself wondering.... "I have no idea! What is the 3.5 year old version of this?!" Sometimes, I hear him explaining things and he sounds so ridiculously grown up and I wonder if I've been too literal with him.... "Yes, I would like the dinosaurs to come back and live with people. They are neat. But probably not TRex because he would have to eat the people. And if Trex eats us, then we die."
How do you know what to say to your child in any given age range?!