Why does an elephant walk like that? How does rain come? Why is an apple red? And so on. Children never get tired of asking questions but parents do often run out of patience answering them. But you need to understand that these questions simply show the inherent curiosity of children and thus play an important role in their development.
Don’t snub the child when he/she asks a question
Don’t say ‘please don’t irritate me’ or ‘you ask too many questions,’ when your child comes to you with some curious, no matter how silly questions. It’ll break his/her heart and also discourage him/her from asking you in the future.
Appreciate your child for asking questions
When children ask questions, it means their mind is at work. Praise your child for being inquisitive and observant.
Show them ways to seek answers
Guide your children how they may refer to a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and search on net to find answers. This practice will pop up more questions in their mind and enhance their knowledge.
No question is wrong
Children may want to know about things which may not be appropriate for their age. In such cases, don’t ever scold the child. It’ll affect his/her self esteem and make him/her more curious about those things.
Encourage your child to ask questions
Read books to your child, talk to him/her about the environment, and show him/her practical things so that he/she develops a questioning mind. You may begin by asking a few questions from him/her. And you’ll see your child is not only learning more but also enjoying it.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times