Discussing the Beginning

by Bridgette Booth

My family was listening to a story about the adventures of a young boy and his raccoon. The narrator suddenly recalled how his mother, a biologist, discredited his biblical view of Creation and told him that people evolved from single-celled organisms.

My 8-year-old daughter asked, "Was that before or after God made Adam?"

Eventually, our tweens will ask questions about the origin of life. Here's how we helped our daughter sort through all the conflicting ideas about where we come from:

  • We educated ourselves. We had to know why we believe what we do. We found an abundance of material that discussed issues and gave facts.
  • We tuned in to our tween's world. A textbook may include casual reference to humans descending from single-celled creatures. When this claim goes unchallenged, our tweens may subconsciously adopt it.
  • We encouraged critical thinking. We prepared our tween to question cultural and scientific assumptions and to respectfully share her thoughts.

This article appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. It was reprinted from the January 2008 issue of Focus on Your Child Tween Ages, originally titled "Discuss Evolution." Copyright © 2008 by Bridgette Booth. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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