Monica - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
So my 4 1/2 year old brings up the death/dying conversation very often. She even starts to cry about it, and not wanting to grow up so she doesn't die. her tears in this case are sincere, and I don't want to completely not respond to her fear. Her dad has also told her if she becomes a doctor she will live forever. i understand you must have age appropriate conversations but I am also one not to tell complete lies to avoid a conversation about deeper matters like death.
I do not know how to respond to her to make her feel better and comforted. I have tried several approaches which all seem to upset her even more.
have any of you been through this with someone so young and without the understanding/comprehension of an issue this large... if so, i would like to hear what worked or didn't in your case. Thanks