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Telling kids that ghosts exist? Anne Monday, January 28, 2019


Why don't parents tell their kids that ghosts exist? They always say there's no such thing as a ghost.

Shouldn't kids be made aware that ghost do exist?

Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OMSM(r), CCD, LTh, DD, LNDC

Dear Anne:

I apologize for the LONG delay in answering your question. I glitch in our system caused me to not see your question until now. (4.6.19)

Yes, we should be honest with our kids, but the degree of information needs to be tailored to the age and maturity of the child. For example, we do not explain to a five year old the "complete" information about where babies come from. However, we should not tell the child that babies from from the stork. Be honest, but be simple. The child will accept a simple and short answer. When he is older, then provide more information when he asks, until such time as the parent has "the talk" with an pubescent child.

We teach our kids what they need to know according to their age and maturity. The same goes with so-called ghosts, which are almost always demons. This information could frighten the child, even traumatize him, if he he not ready. Thus, when the time is right, according to age and maturity, a parent may talk to the child about ghosts and demons.

The child, and even adults, should not be watching ghost-busting shows, movies with a demonic theme, etc. Haunted houses and other occult themes should be avoided for Halloween. See my essay, Should Christians Participate in Halloween? This essay explains how Christians may morally participate in some aspects of Halloween.

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