Just when you think you’ve got this whole parenting thing sorted, your children will lob a question from out of nowhere that will stump you.

One minute they’ll be happily making a unicorn from an empty tissue box and plastic bottle, the next they’re posing a question with political, social, psychological, and existential ramifications that the parenting manuals never mentioned.

While the natural parental urge is to answer ‘Ummm… How about we watch Frozen? Again.’ these confronting questions are valuable insights into your children’s development. They’re also an opportunity to broaden their perspectives of themselves and the world around them.

Here are some curly questions I’ve been asked and the answers I would have given if I’d been more prepared.

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