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My 3 year old daughter

BunksBunks Australia Veteran
My wife told me yesterday that my three year old daughter asked her about rebirth (something along the lines of "Mummy, when people get old and die maybe they just start again?")

I find this quite interesting as I have never spoken to her about this topic and my wife is a staunch athiest (when you die that's it!) so I am wondering where this came from?

I guess it's not anything mind blowing and I'm not trying to say my daughter is anything special (she obviously is to me) but it was interesting.

Anyone else have similar experiences with young kids asking or speaking about this kind of stuff?

Comments

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran
    Namaste Bunks,

    My daughter (now 12) was also spiritually curious and came out with some profound statements at that age (and has kept questioning and rethinking things, with my blessings). I personally believe that before children are "socialised and brainwashed" during their formative years with school and the like, they are better thinkers (for want of a better description) as they are totally open to seeing things from different points of view with no biais.

    Perhaps she has been reborn ;)

    In metta,
    Raven
  • A large demonstration by the Falon Gong was crowding the streets of my Los Angeles China Town. We were shopping for tea and a good meal, I had my one and one half year old daughter in my arms and we stepped aside to watch this parade go by. I'd say there were two hundred marchers. In front of the costumed and be -bannered throng marched a leader of some sort. I knew and know little of the organization. As the leader led the walkers around a corner to our block, she veered off the lead and walked up to me and my little baby( this was ten years ago). She looked at my daughter and said," she has an old soul." Then she returned to lead the demonstration.

    There were many hundreds of people watching this event.

    My daughter is eleven now and I still think of this odd occurrence.
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    Thanks for your comments guys....

    I have a good friends whose youngest daughter (now 2 and a half) displays some unusual behaviour toward me.

    She has always treated me like an old friend when I have seen her (big grin and a hug) while apparently she doesn't even do this with her own grandparents! She might just like me, who knows!

    I am interested in your comments @dhammachick re: kids being "socialised and brainwashed". It's something my wife and I have discussed a bit. We don't let our children watch commercial TV as we want to keep them away from advertising for as long as we're capable. Obviously we can't do this forever but I think it's important (for both their's and our sake) that we try.

    My daughter is going to do 4 year old kindergarten at a Steiner School next year to see if she is suited to it. Not sure if you know much about them but they lean more toward teaching children through play based learning. They also promote no computers, TV, video games etc. That may be a little extreme for my tastes but we'll see how she goes and if it suits her. We'll probably do the same with my son in a few years.

    http://steinereducation.edu.au/steiner-education/
  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited September 2013
    OP, a friend of mine is a psychologist, and she said she ran into one of her clients on the weekend when he was out with his 3-year-old daughter. And he'd just had an unusual exchange with her, after having to scold her for something. So when my friend walked up, the man told his daughter to tell my friend what she'd just told him. And the child rolled her eyes and got exasperated, and said, "I SAID, last time, when I was the mommy and you were little, you had to do what I said!"

    Some kids remember their past lives up to about 5 years old.
    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    It's interesting - often kids do say things about "when I was big" or "when I was an adult" but we tend to dismiss these things as the result of a wild imagination!
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran
    Bunks said:



    I am interested in your comments @dhammachick re: kids being "socialised and brainwashed". It's something my wife and I have discussed a bit. We don't let our children watch commercial TV as we want to keep them away from advertising for as long as we're capable. Obviously we can't do this forever but I think it's important (for both their's and our sake) that we try.

    My daughter is going to do 4 year old kindergarten at a Steiner School next year to see if she is suited to it. Not sure if you know much about them but they lean more toward teaching children through play based learning. They also promote no computers, TV, video games etc. That may be a little extreme for my tastes but we'll see how she goes and if it suits her. We'll probably do the same with my son in a few years.

    http://steinereducation.edu.au/steiner-education/

    Namaste Bunks,

    Steiner education is, IMNSHO, fantastic. My daughter did her pre-school and kindergarten at Montessori. We moved to Canberra where there was a Steiner school around the corner but I couldn't get her in and the waiting list was enormous. Since 1st class she has been at a private "mainstream" school which has fantastic learning structures and is more focused on ensuring the students learn in the best way for them. A nice relief from the usual schooling structure (my mother was a public school teacher for over 25 years).

    I consider myself very lucky that my daughter would prefer to read a book or play soccer/do gymnastics (She has competed at a state level) over hours in front of the idiot box, though to be honest, we LOVE Dr Who and Torchwood :)

    I think you'll be really impressed with Steiner. The teachers are amazing and really encouraging of the students to work in a way that enhances their learning. I'm just sorry they don't have any Steiner schools that go to Yr 12 in NSW Metro area (That I know of)

    In metta,
    Raven
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