Children often ask too many questions and while it’s adorable at times, it’s irritating for parents most of the time. Since they learn to speak, they ask questions beginning from why, how, when, and what. What parents need to understand and realize is that asking questions is very good for the intelligence of the children. This curiosity will lead them to acquire knowledge.

The basic thumb rule is to always be polite and never to ignore these questions. Sounds easy right? But I understand that it’s difficult to achieve. The following are some of the most asked questions, scenarios, and tips as to how to respond to them. So, read on and you will encourage your little one to be a little more curious.

Challenging questions- 

These questions are “why isn’t our house big?”, “why is momma always sad?”, “why I can’t drink what you are drinking?”, etc. The key thing to note here is that these questions will usually arise from the behavior your children are observing in you. It is understandable to get angry when you cannot answer such questions but try to be patient, polite, and calm. Respond to questions without any opinion or bias and don’t overload them with information that can lead to more questions.

Awkward questions- 

When you are out with friends and suddenly your child asks “mom why is your tummy out?”, “how was i born?”, “what is a sanitary napkin?”, etc. can get awkward and embarrassing for you. If you have two kids and you are breastfeeding the younger one, then the question your elder child asks is “Why do you have milk momma?”. If you try to shush them, believe me, they will only relentlessly ask you more related questions. Rather than reacting negatively, answer him or her at first with a very straight and simple answer. 

General knowledge- 

There are times when a child asks a parent “how far is the sun from us?”, “what is the air made up of?”, “what is pollution and how to curb it?”, etc. Parents aren’t encyclopedia and hence they won’t know what to say. In times such as these, if you don’t know the correct answer then tell them honestly and check a book in front of them. This will develop a habit of seeking help from books from a young age in children.

Funny questions- 

You will notice that when exams are near, all your child can ask you is “who invented exams?” and “why can’t playtime be included as a test in their exams?”. Albeit funny, but these questions also need to be responded well. Rather than answering them pose a question to them that they have to think. Listen to their answer with interest and attentiveness. This will enable you to understand their thought process.

Parents usually get frustrated with these questions because they get interrupted during work because of their kids. But if such is the case, let them know politely that you will get back to them. Once they will observe that after work you give them time, they will let you be. Encourage them to ask questions as they only want information and not attention.

Posted by:Swati Rai

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