Cultivate Curiosity in Your Children

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it definitely never injured a preschooler.  Curiosity is a strong and positive emotion which we parents must cultivate in our children.  It is basically inherent in us all, that’s why kids have the unshakeable habit of always asking “Why?”

Do you sometimes brush off your little one when he or she keeps asking you questions while you’re in the middle of something?  It’s time we stopped ignoring the kid and answered his questions- wisely, not in a wisecracking way.  Of course, we parents do get tired doing this, but we should keep in mind that whatever we do or say always has an effect on our kids.  When we tend to ignore their questions, they may start to feel discouraged, and later on feel that it’s not at all important that they want to learn things.  It puts a lid on their ability to express themselves openly to their parents.

Instead of pushing their queries aside, we must cultivate this inquisitive nature in our children.  It is essential that we feed and nurture this thirst for knowledge.  What can we do to develop this curiosity for learning?

Seek answers together.  Hit your local library and check out the books as resources.  Even at home you can surf the internet together and scour the web for answers.

To make it even more fun, you can visit the zoo or a museum so you can explore and learn at the same time.

You can likewise develop their inquisitive nature by asking your child questions which require more than one-word answers.  For example, “Why do you think that crocodile moves that way?”  Encourage your kids to ask questions when they want clarification on a topic, or if they simply want to learn more about something.

When you immerse yourself in your kid’s learning journey, you become a huge part of his lifelong love for learning.  This marriage of curiosity and learning nourishes not only your child’s intellect, but also the loving relationship between you two.  You learn and love together- and will finally know the difference between a crocodile and an alligator…

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  1. I encourage it though sometimes, my son starts to resemble a bird that just won’t stop tweeting …. hahaha

  2. Optimistic Mom says

    Thanks for this great reminder. Sometimes my son asks so many questions, I get overwhelmed and brush them off. Not because I don’t want to answer them my brain is just in overload.
    I agree that we do have to take the time to cultivate our children and seek out the answers to their questions. :)

  3. which reminds me pep…”What’s the difference between a Crocodile and an Alligator”?hehe :)

  4. My son as well is into asking questions after questions and some times the same question again and again. I guess then it’s not about the question, it’s about asking and talking. I try to answer it with different words.

  5. Sometimes it is hard to take the time to answer all the questions, but our children really benefit from it – I agree! What’s always hard for me is when I don’t know the answers to the questions lol. Case in point – the other day, my youngest asked me if gorillas could swim. I answered yes. My middle kids told me I was wrong. Turns out, gorillas can’t swim. Who knew? Curiosity is a great thing for people of all ages!

  6. Kristy @PampersandPinot says

    You reminded me. There’s this dinosaur museum close by that I’ve been wanting to take my guy to. He would love it!

  7. My kids are always curious and are always asking questions, I have learned to answer them as best as I can and sometimes I even google the answers for really tough questions.. :P

    Although sometimes, I have to admit that I am guilty of brushing them off when I’m busy, but I tell them to ask their Dad, so they’re so totally not ignored.. :P

    Very informative post! :)

  8. I admit I too am guilty of brushing off some of the twins’ undending questions. I’ve noticed though that getting answers to their questions have helped develop their ability to express themselves. When I in turn ask them questions, like why they refuse bath time, I surprisingly get reasonable answers as well instead of the usual tantrums. This in turn helped me explain the situation to them more clearly, which led to less struggles during bath time =)

  9. are you talking about my kids kids are always curious of so many things..and usually ask questions even on the most sensitive questions makes me go ah is really hard to explain on certain topics what you have said Peps learning with them and seeking answers together..

    our kids will learn more and their questions will be answered properly if it will come from us-their parents :)

  10. I definitely agree! I am sure that we’ll not have an answer to all their questions but we don’t have to feel inadequate or embarrassed to admit to them if we don’t know the answer to their question – we can make the learning even more fun by telling them something like “let’s discover the answer together” :)

    Spanish Pinay

  11. Just found your blog and am glad that I did! I’m newly divorce and a single parent of two that is trying to balance motherhood, career, my coaching business … and running marathons! Looking forward to learning how to balance it all from you!

  12. Such a great post! This is so true…curiousity is such a good thing but sometimes we don’t take the time to answer the children’s whys.

  13. Hi Miss Pepper! :-D What a nice post! The thing is, I think another tendency of kids who get their curiosity stifled too much at home is that they are more inclined to explore those curious instincts elsewhere. The dangerous side of it is that they can take a curiosity overdrive when they find unhealthy avenues. Just my two cents from observation, since I do not have my own kids. :-D (Btw, I finally linked you on my links page because I find myself frequenting this site so much! hahaha)

    • Thanks for linking me up, Helena! I think I’ve already added you to my blogroll some time ago :)
      You’re right about exploring those curious instincts elsewhere. Thanks for the idea, I might write about that next time :)

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