Which Parent Don’t You Need?

They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’
Matthew 21:16

Part of praising God is pointing out His brilliant design in the midst of people ignoring it. And sometimes, it takes the clarity of a child to do it.

I had previously referenced this brilliant example. It is especially brilliant given it comes from someone so much younger than the so called learned people she is addressing. I include it below for your convenience…

Someone had thought this an interesting question to ask their children. Here are more examples of child-clarity…


I probably shouldn’t have, but I threw this question to each of my children without the story to see what their natural reaction was. They looked at me as though I were stupid. Unlike the panel, they were not silent but they did refuse to answer it. They are 6-18. My 6yr old was the most offended.

‘Which parent do you not need, your mum or your dad?’

My 6yr old daughter screwed her face up and said, mum, do you need some chocolate? I said, what? why do you ask me that? and she said, well why do you ask me that? Is that even a real question?

The older ones blew it off for what it was, nonsense! The question was met with questions. Is this a trick question? Are you serious? You don’t expect me to answer that, do you? What, are you insane mum? …and the testy 18yr old, What? are you on drugs mum? Whatever you’re reading, you should throw it out!

After explaining, my 6yr old who took it heart the most said, ‘Gee, you should put those judges in the bin because they are no good if they think that little girl doesn’t need her mum or her dad. I’m telling God!’

Sometimes, one just needs to hear it put differently and God would do so in a way that says “let no one despise thy youth”.


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