Sooner or later your children are going to look up to you and ask you the most complex questions. They’ll want to know what life is about, why are we living and is there an afterlife? Any parent that is not ready for this, is doing a bad job of parenting. You should have been planning for this day ever since they were born. It’s your job to guide your children and teach them about life and why certain things are important. They need to know what the future will hold for them and why asking and learning is vital to their future life. But how can you as the parent, introduce your children to advanced concepts? If so, are they ready?
Religion meets philosophy
No doubt, your children will be learning about different religions at school. That’s fine, but you should counter that with philosophy. Religions tell people what to think and what to believe, but philosophy challenges them how to think and how to question. This is vital for the raising of a child that can see both sides of the argument. One day your children might ask you about the existence of god, and you might not have the answer. But both philosophy and religion try to explain but only one comes to a conclusion. Religion says there is an answer while philosophy says it doesn’t know. Inherently, you have a yin and a yang. Both of these subjects will give your children the ability to see things from different angles. This will help them in the future with all sorts of things, such as debating, comprehending and being able to rationalize complex concepts.
An early introduction to debate
Part of the reason why you should introduce your children to philosophy is that its home is the arena of debate. Debating is brilliant for children because rather than the teacher and pupil concept being laid down on them, they have a chance to question and answer those of similar skill and knowledge levels. Again, this is part of being taught how to think and not what to think. That’s why there are many benefits of private sixth form college. Students will be allowed to join a debating society. They’ll also be introduced to government and politics. This is a brilliant time for them to learn how everyday life is formed into livable concepts such as finances, laws, economics, foreign policy, etc. Students have the chance to debate others and see what aisle of the political divide they sit in.
Heads up on university
When your children are growing up, they will begin to be more interested in studying complex subjects on their own. But if you have prepared them for this, they will be itching to go to university. They won’t feel daunted by the prospect of studying in another city or country, their curiosity will lead them to a better life and into the correct university.
As parents, it’s your job to prepare your children to understand very intricate and difficult ideas. That’s why introducing them to philosophy as well as religion is one of the best starts you can give them.