When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics


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From the creators of When Kids Ask Hard Questions comes MORE questions - and thank goodness, responses! - on today's tough topics. In an increasingly complex world, children deserve thoughtful responses informed by our progressive faith values. In this second volume for parents, teachers, and faith leaders, respected experts, pastors, and parents address more than two dozen tough topics, offering theological perspectives and suggestions for comforting and spiritually guiding children. Topics include: racism and white supremacy; vaping and illegal drugs; domestic abuse and family stigma; pornography and sexuality; mental illness and teen suicide; social media and isolation; and terminal illness and grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827243361
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bromleigh McCleneghan is the senior pastor at United Church of Gainesville, Florida, and mother of three children.

Karen Ware-Jackson is the co-senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and parents two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Molly, My Kids, and Me Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan ix

Questions as Conversation Starters: Finding Your Way with Unanswerable Questions Rev. Dr. Kathleen L. Kussmaul xiii

"But Doesn't the Bible Say …?" Equipping Children to Discern Biblical Truth Rev. Sarah McWhirt-Toler xxi

The Skin I'm In

Both/And: Walking Alongside Biracial Kids Mikhail Stephens 2

The Way God Made Me: A Little Different, a Lot Loved Rev. Julie A. Higbee 7

How Did I Actually Get Out of Your Body? Honest Body Talk at Every Age Rev. Rebecca J. Gresham-Kesner 14

"Are You a Boy, or a Girl?" The Holy In-Between Rev. Drew Stever 20

"Am I Smart?" Nurturing Unique Learners in a Standards-Driven Educational Culture Rev. Sara C. Staton 26

Nothing "Down" About It: Down Syndrome and Difference Rev. Kit Lonergan 35

Big Feelings

"What's the Point?" Existential Angst with the Elementary-School Set Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey 44

"Why Am I Nervous All the Time?" Journeying with Childhood Anxiety Rev. Michelle L. Torigian 48

Considering Courage: Teaching Your Kids to Do Hard Things Carissa Kapcar 54

"Why Are You So Hypocritical?" Dr. Nancy S. Wiens 61

"Where Is My Home?" An Immigrant's Experience of Moving and Belonging Rev. Mindy Bell 68

Kids Are Ready: Intimacy and Bodies Rev. Ellie Roscher 76

Family Matters

Respecting One Another's Boundaries: Teaching Kids about Consent Rev. Laura Terasaki 84

New Neighbors, Again: Staying Grounded Dining a Move Rev. Allie Scott 90

Only Doesn't Have to Mean Lonely. On Family of Choice and on Being Okay Being Alone Rev. Sandhya Rani Jha 96

"Are We Brothers?" The Joys and Challenges of Multi-Racial Families Rev. Bonnie J. McCubbin 101

On Family Democracy, Sort Of: Including Kids in Decision-Making Rev. Andrea Roske-Metcalfe 109

Everyday Choices

A Future with Hope: Discernment and Decision-Making Rev. Lee Hull Moses 116

"Why Do I Have to Practice?" Rev. Julie Hoplamazian 121

"Why Do I Have to Go to School?" Education, Equity, and the Importance of Public Education Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller 127

Supporting Children in Times of Social Change Rev. Rhonda Grant Jordan 136

When You Care about the Environment but Also Love to Shop Sari Fordham 143

When a Child Is in the Hospital Mary Kate C. Morgan Rev. Dr. Katherine L. Kussmaul 150

What Is and What Might Be

"Why Is Our Peace Broken?" Rev. Dr. Kelsey Grissom 160

"Who Is My Enemy?" Interrupting Fear of the Other with Explicit Calls to Love Rev. Shannon E. Sullivan 166

When the World Is Fighting: Talking about War (and Peace) at Home Rev. Sara Nave Fisher 172

What a Wonder-fall World- Developing Ecosystem Ethics in a Time of Climate Change Rev. Anita Peebles 178

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Innocent People? Theodicy and the Problem of Child Sexual Abuse Rev. Victoria Wick 184

Conclusion: Telling True Stories Rev. Karen Ware Jackson 193

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