Whether asked by children or adults, sincere questions about faith deserve our attention—even when they come at inconvenient times.
The first-grader I mentor enjoys a simple, delicious game we play. For the first few minutes we meet, we ask one another questions—and with every answer comes an M&M.
This week we started off with me asking, "What's your favorite color?" He answered, ate his M&M, and asked me, "What's your favorite color?"
After my response, I slid him another M&M and asked, "What's your favorite food?" He replied and asked, "What's your favorite food?"
After a couple more duplicate volleys, I suggested that we ask each other different questions. "What's it like to be a first-grader?" I said.
After he responded, I slid him an M&M, and he asked, "What's it like to be old?"
In his book Always Kiss Me Good Night: Instructions on Raising the Perfect Parent, J. S. Salt compiled parenting advice from 147 kids. One child gave clear and simple counsel: "Help me with stuff I don't understand." Keep reading.