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Will you tell your Son/Daughter about UFO/Aliens stuff?

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posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 02:05 PM
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My kids are 3, 6, 8 and 14. We've had various conversations about UFOs and Aliens. These aren't long drawn out conversations, but mentionings here and there. My 8 yr old son, from the time he could talk has not believed in God, Aliens, Santa, anything. Anything he couldn't see, doesn't exist. Often, he's asked me about something and I answer with my belief, and he calls me crazy, and this is perfectly acceptable to me. My 6 yr old Daughter is far more open, and questioning about these topics, and I don't go into any further detail than she asks for. It's a gentle situation in our home because my husband is an agnostic and non-believer in all things "other worldly". A few months ago my 8 yr old son and I were driving along when a green ball of light shot accross the sky. To quickly for a plane, and too slow to be a shooting star. I stopped the car and we watched it until we couldn't see it anymore. I turned to him and asked him what he thought it was. His answer was "a UFO". I said, Aliens? Really? He said to me "No, I didn't say that, I said A UFO, I can't identify it and neither could you, but boy it was fast!" I left it at that.

The one thing I don't do is ever discuss it as if it's something to be scared of. Just a normal thing. Something we may or may not see every day, but is there.




posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 02:24 PM
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I don't have any kids, so I have no real idea on how I would handle some of these ATS topics with them. I'm sure the mother would have a say in it


When talking of UFO's/Aliens, I would take the factual approach. Let them know how vast our universe is and how unlikely it is for humans to be the pinnacle of existence. I wouldn't speak too intently on Roswell, NASA footage, YouTube vids, etc as these are controversial topics with a lot of supporters on both sides of the fence, with only so much conclusive evidence on either side. I would want my kids to form their own opinions on such things.

Essentially, YES, I would speak to them about the real possibilities of Alien life. However, NO, I would not speak to them (at least not too much) about specific cases of visitation....unless they were really intrigued.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 02:30 PM
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since this is something you take very seriously - and you obviously want to do what's best for your kids - maybe you should start by asking them what they believe

just a conversation

when you hear what they think - you'll have a better idea about how you want to tell them what you believe

and make a clear distinction between what you believe and what you know

I don't have kids - so I haven't been in your position -

but, I had parents that let me come to my own conclusions - I was very lucky in that

they never shied away from telling me what they thought - but always let me decide what I thought

I think your kids are lucky to have someone as opened minded as you for a parent



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 02:33 PM
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i have learnt since my son is on this world never to underestimate him. most times his thoughts are much more elaborated than mine or the ones of his dad.
he is 11 years old so far and will become 12 by the end of the year.
we use to talk about anything he or i am interested in – this ranges from spirituality, sex, paranormals, science up to UFOs. usually he has made up his mind before – most times i really don.t know how, but he has.

he sometimes asks questions which i have to answer briefly. ok in former times much briefer than nowadays. he is not really interested in religion for example, but a very spiritual being,
when he was 5 yo he told me about his past lifes. when he entered primary school he enrolled in RE for 2 years and surprised his teacher in first lesson: " I don.t belive in god, but we are all god!"

for UFOs: although neither me nor him has seen one yet he knows that we are not alone in this universe, to him it is quiet logical. and i guess he would be less afraid by seeing a flying saucer than me :


he also had had his children belives, still loves fairy tales, big fan of harry potter.
very funny his belive in santa claus, which he kept until he was 8yo (ok then it was destroyed by his dad on that very xmas eve!) - everybody at his grade didn.t belive in santa, but he. i asked myself if he wouldn.t be wondering about it, or maybe if the other kids might poke fun on him. no prob, his explanation: "I know that santa is existing, i have seen him! (a santa actor!) I know that some kids don.t belive in santa, which is a problem, because their parents have to buy all the xmas presents, not with us, we get the presents by santa"

my kid tells his dad now all the time: "do you know that mommy is at that UFO forum?"

so just talk to your kids, see how they react, they will ask, then reply



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 02:37 PM
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Thanks for sharing...

sometimes I feel... every generation might have done this... they want to pass what they know.

I remember my great grandfather used to tell us stories of flying horses, fairy tales... and me and my brother used listen attentively and than also dream abt them... but when we grow up we only remembered them as stories... like santa claus...

will the kids mock us latter... if we do not show them any proof.
this is very much the case with people like me... who have never seen any UFO



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:15 PM
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My children saw their first UFO without me present and before I could tell them about my sightings.. so there was no need to tell them anything. They know from their own experiences.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:20 PM
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Wow they are special

what was their reaction and how old were they at that time?
what they think now?



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:28 PM
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They were freaked out just about every time. The first one they were about 8 and 9 years old. They had tried to get me to come see it but I was cooking dinner and couldn't come out and they didn't really say what it was that they wanted me to see so bad. Second time they actually managed to get me to come out which was the mothers day sighting that I did a podcast about a couple years ago. the third my youngest daughter saw but did not try to alert us because she said she was frozen as if she couldn't speak.. she says she saw a shadow inside one of the lights.. this is the one sighting that troubles me the most. fourth was just a few months ago while we were moving.. this was documented here on ATS and we had already had discussions about the things going on around us by then so they were less scared and more curious by then. They are now nearly as desensitized to them as I am.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:33 PM
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Unfortunatly I cant upload the picture of my bedroom when I was a young girl. loooong time ago.
My father was an ufo/alien freak, looking out for them all the time. Slowly he took over my bedroom and developed there his search station. We had satellite pictures on screen, amateur radio, hugh antennas which could rotate in all directions, all kind of selfconstructed transmitter and recievers...it looked like a ufo itselfs in this room. For me of course , a perfect playground. I flew through the galaxies and visited other solar systems.

At night we would spent a lot of time outside looking out for them....

I dont think this did any harm to me. I m not so much into ufo spotting, they are a fact for me, I dont need to find anymore. Im more into souls
you see complete different. Of course I would tell my children about them, if they would not already have find it out themselfs



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:36 PM
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You are guys are first hand witnesses... and so you are special
thanks for posting



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:44 PM
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Good Q!!

I do, but in a careful way not to upset my (23 yr) old fresh mum


I will tell me grandkids but in a playful way. No scary stuff and such.

Just the Beauty and Love from / for it all



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:45 PM
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my son is nearly 5.
I always answer whatever he asks me, as impartially as I can.
As an avid reader, Ive dozens and dozens of books on all sorts of subjects like Aliens, UFO's, government mind control, life after death, astral projection, angel visitations, divination ('m a Tarot reader), NDE's, apocrypha, etc etc etc...it's like a mystic library at our house. He'll have so much material at his fingertips and this to me is just great for him.

I would never hide any of this with him and am keenly looking forward to discussing the facts and theories surrounding all these subjects with him when he's older. I can't wait to help open his mind to all sorts of fantastic ideas and concepts and will be working hard to encourage he develops a sound , critical approach to these things.
You can't shield your kids from life, and these subjects are part of life. Just go gently and cautiously I guess, and intuitively respond to how this then affects them and take it from there.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:46 PM
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Originally posted by mae_thoranee
Unfortunatly I cant upload the picture of my bedroom when I was a young girl. loooong time ago.
My father was an ufo/alien freak, looking out for them all the time...

At night we would spent a lot of time outside looking out for them....

I dont think this did any harm to me. I m not so much into ufo spotting, they are a fact for me, I dont need to find anymore. Im more into souls
you see complete different. Of course I would tell my children about them, if they would not already have find it out themselfs



your dad and my dad would've been good friends

less equipment in my house - but basically the same experience :-)



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 03:51 PM
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hummm you guys are encouraging me to setup something for kids...

I have some facination of collecting some these stuffs... till now I have saved some money for a telescope and a infrared camera
... lets see

I have decorated my kids room with stars and planets on the celling... with radium paint... when the lights are turned off the stars glow


i hope they will be interested to know their fathers interests


[edit on 18-9-2008 by communicator]



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:01 PM
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telescope? infrared camera?

I'm feeling a little envious right about now


sounds like a blast - no matter what they believe

have fun

[edit on 9/18/2008 by Spiramirabilis]



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:13 PM
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Very good thread!




Sometimes I consider this topic similar to Sex... which should be disclosed to kids only when they can understand it and does not harm themselves.


I hate to sound like a broken record, but I totally agree with the majority of members on here. I would not pump them full of Aliens/UFOs, but if they asked and were old enough for an honest answer, I would give it to them!

I certainly want my kids (if I had any lol) to reach their own conclusions. But that won't stop me from keeping books on aliens/UFOs in plain sight on my shelves.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:50 PM
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Funny you should post this.
My Mother just told me this morning that she’d seen a UFO - and not that long ago - but, was hesitant to tell anyone in the family about it.
We were talking via the phone, so my fingers went to work on the internet looking up sightings in her area.
Yep - there it was!
Not even 80 miles from where she had her sighting - there were 3 other people who saw, *exactly* what she related to me, that she saw.
“A grey metal colored roundish shape moving across the sky and it wasn’t a plane 'cause it had no wings, but, I saw it and watched it until it just kind'a stayed in one place for a few seconds before taking off at top speed and *wizzing* away so fast I couldn’t even see where it went.”
So...
She just told me and it’s been a few years.

What would I tell my children?

First I’d hope they were there to see it with me, but, if not - they’d get told the truth, no matter what the age.
Pretty simple really - "Hey Kids, I saw a UFO and I can’t wait to see it again, or see another!"
Woohoo!
I hope that day comes soon!




...happy dance...



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:55 PM
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Well i don't have any children and i don't see any coming any time soon neither, but yes, when i will have children i will discuss with them about UFOs and aliens. If they have an interest in the subject that is.

I'm 28 years old now, but i can still remember very well my pre-teen years and my interests back then. So i can remember very well that i had a huuuge interest in science fiction, aliens, ufos, all sorts of mysterious and paranormal subjects. And that without anybody forcing me into that stuff. My parents were not so much into aliens&co, but still they had some books and magazines and so on the subject, which of course they didn't hide from me like it was pornography. Having an interest in the subject came from inside me, not from outside influences.

So i'd say, if your children are interested in ufology and they wanna discuss it with you, they'll do it anyways, whether you like it or not.

I don't think it's a subject that needs to be hidden from children like it's something shameful, as long as you present it in a nice, children-friendly, objective manner. Just don't tell them please about shapeshifting reptilians that live unseen among us and eat children. THAT i wouldn't have liked as a child and i still don't.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:58 PM
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I tell my son not to believe something just because everyone else says it's so. People make mistakes and people lie.



posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 05:05 PM
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Yeah, absolutely I will. I'm going to tell my kids everything I think. Some of it when they are young, some of it when they are older, and perhaps more when they are adults.

To me, you should tell your children what you really believe.
Its like religion imo.
What the difference in telling your kids there are aliens or dragging them to church where they are told there was once a man who performed miracles and rose from the dead?
Its up to them whether or not they are curious to learn more or if they thing their parents are nut jobs.



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