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Should children under the age of 5 be taught about death?

Poll Results: 1,979 votes
No, not that young.
I'm not sure.

Related: Do Young Children Really Need to Know About Death?

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Kel S.
Friday November 14, 2014, 3:03 AM

Yes! Children need to learn this world laws from very young age

Sue H.
Thursday October 9, 2014, 7:38 PM

If they ask about it, yes. Telling them that the goldfish ran away from home only works up to a certain age.

Beth O'Brien
Sunday October 5, 2014, 6:53 PM

When it comes up naturally, such as seeing a dead bug. You only say that the bug can't walk or fly ever again. They start to understand the permanence of death. You do not mention animals or people. Starting with peripheral things that the child doesn't love or have an attachment to is the way to go.

Andreas Ioannou
Tuesday September 23, 2014, 7:21 AM

No, let them enjoy the very few years of childhood first.

Darren Woolsey
Friday September 19, 2014, 5:56 AM

Has it ever occurred to anyone that if a children under 5 years of age, with a fertile imagination, asks about death, then depending on how their parent approached the subject, they might be scared for life?

Some things are age-related. You wouldn't teach a baby or toddler about sex, as they're a) not developed enough to even know what sex is all about and b), they're not mature enough to understand the concept.

Andrea A.
Friday September 19, 2014, 4:42 AM

Yes, sepecially If they ask about it.

Renee M.
Friday September 12, 2014, 8:56 AM

It depends. I don't think you should lie or avoid the topic if a situation arises or they ask about it. I don't think you need to expose them to it unnecessarily as they will be forced to learn about it soon enough.

Anne M.
Friday September 5, 2014, 4:44 AM

In a beautiful way, yes.

Francesca A-S
Monday September 1, 2014, 10:52 AM

I'm not sure.

Andrea A.
Monday August 11, 2014, 6:25 AM

Yes, sepecially If they ask about it.

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