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# Questions are really important for your child

They say “Curiosity killed the cat”, the saying really should be “Curiosity can drive moms and dads bananas.” A curious child is a creative child! Before moving forward there is one question every parent reading this article needs to ask themselves- Is my child asking enough questions? If the answer is No, then we have a problem here.

The desire to learn and understand is a wonderful thing for a child, and it ought to be sustained and applauded. The world is a confusing place, and there is so much to learn in such a brief time span when you are a child; asking questions is an effective way of gaining knowledge and insight. So parents should revel in a child’s curiosity and encourage it, viewing it as a positive part of his growth, even when it does at times become a bit aggravating. However, if a parent feels that a child is asking more than he needs to, there are some steps she can take to address this.

What should be done!

–    Help the child to sometimes answer his\her own questions

Instead of answering certain questions, a parent can sometimes help the child to figure things out on his own.  Learning to analyse information and come up with an answer, as well as to formulate and test a hypothesis, are important parts of a child’s intellectual development. A parent can say, “Wow, that’s a good question.  What do you think the answer is?” and guide him through the steps to figuring it out.  If it is a question that has already been answered before, a parent can encourage a child to try to remember what the answer was.

What shouldn’t be done!

–       Don’t brush aside questions

Let’s have a look at a typical example of a conversation between a mother and her child:

Mother: “Roshini, eat your green beans.”

Roshini: “I don’t like them. Why do I have to eat them?”

Mother: “Because they are good for you.”

Roshini: “Why are they good for me?”

Mother: “Because they have vitamins.”

Roshini: “Why are vitamins good for me?”

Mother: “Just eat your green beans!”

Roshini: “But why?”

Mother(exasperated): “Because I said so!”

Although it may be difficult to answer all the questions your child might have, we really don’t want to stifle their curiosity by telling them to stop asking so many questions. For a parent, it is essential to see how effective this why-structure of intuition is for a kid’s general mental improvement and long haul achieve. We want to encourage our children’s curiosity, as with questions, we monitor our understanding, it’s how we think through problems.  Right?

Appreciate questions always! They are the best way to stir creativity in children.  Let your child ask ‘Why’, tell them that you love questions and that they are important.  Research shows that asking questions is linked to high achievements – yet as students move through school they ask fewer and fewer questions, for fear of being clueless. Children generally learn through a pattern which involves questioning, wondering about something, curiosity to know the logic behind things , discovering ideas, thinking about them, and then wondering all over again.

Cuemath is proud to help kids understand the reason to ask questions.

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#### Isha Chakraborty

Isha is the resident Cuemath content writer, and an avid reader.