attitudes. Children build their value system on the answers others give them, how those answers are given, and their own experiences.

• Give you child serious answers to questions as they naturally come up during your day together.

• Keep your answers brief and sincere. A detailed, scientific explanation is often not needed.

• Remember that your child will ask for more information if interested. Even questions about topics such as sex, death, or divorce can be answered very simply.

• Assume that when you child asks a question such as “Why did our turtle die?”, he/she is also asking the implied question, “What do you feel about pets and death?”