My Seven Year Old and the Big Bang Theory

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I took a break last week and reblogged a previous post. Life gets busy sometimes. 🙂 However, I’m back today and I’m sharing an interesting conversation I had with my youngest son. We watch the Universe channel quite a bit and we’ve seen a couple of shows discussing the Big Bang Theory and the creation of the Earth.

So, I wasn’t surprised when I picked up my kids from school and he asked me, “Mom, where did the earth come from?”

I responded. “Well, there are two theories. One is the Big Bang Theory…”

“And the other is God,” he piped in.

“That’s right.”

“Which one is right?” He asked with a perplexed look on his face.

“We don’t know. That’s why they’re called theories. We can’t prove either one.”

“Hmmm…”

“You get to choose which one you believe,” I said as I glanced in the rearview mirror. “But I have another theory. Do you want to hear it?”

“Yeah.”

“I think God orchestrated the Big Bang.”

It was as if a light bulb went off. His eyes brightened and a big smile broke out on his face. “I think you’re right.”

It was a great moment. I reinforced both theories at the same time and I think it could be true. Why not? I hope I also illustrated that we don’t have to accept theories just as they’re presented to us. We can think about them and draw our own conclusions. I’m trying to grow critical thinkers even though I’m not sure how to do it.

Parenting is a formidable job and most days, I worry that I’m doing it right. However, this was one of my shining moments, when I felt like I had actually made progress. 🙂

How about you? Do you have any shining moments that you’d like to share?

Leave a comment. I’d love to read it! 🙂

 

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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12 Responses to My Seven Year Old and the Big Bang Theory

  1. Shea Ford says:

    I think you did a great job Lisa! It’s hard when schools are required to teach things that can be contrary to our own beliefs. You want to reinforce your own values, but teach your children to respect the views of others. I think you’re on the right track. 🙂

  2. Amy Evans says:

    I am always amazed at how confidently and creatively my seven year old can talk about such topics. It’s like they know things we’ve forgotten.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I know what you mean Amy! When I was seven, I knew nothing of the Big Bang Theory. Maybe they hadn’t thought of it then, who knows! LOL! But he’s a thinker and that’s what I’m striving for! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  3. BDF says:

    The “Big Bang Theory” is *not* called a theory because it can’t be proven. That is emphatically and demonstrably not what theory means in the context of a proposition on which scientists generally agree. That’s not the last word and I think your general approach with the kid is nice and appropriate, but your definition of “theory” has zero to do with anything.

  4. BeingZhenya says:

    That’s such a great way to put it Lisa! I know I’d have a hard time explaining it to kids if I had to!
    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

    PS. It was very nice to connect on twitter today during the SITS Share Fest!

  5. ProteanMom says:

    Way to explain it! You’ve totally got my geeky science brain, and my religious self, clapping.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Glad to hear it! Thanks for stopping by Protean Mom! 🙂 I hope Spring has reached your neck of the woods! I had to wear my winter coat yesterday! Boo! I can’t wait for summer! 🙂

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