What’s the buzz from Children’s Health Queensland? “But, why?” – how to answer those curly questions
Did you know that on average, a four-year-old girl asks 390 questions a day? This gives us 390 opportunities to encourage our children to be curious. A study in the UK found that it is during meal times that most questions are asked.
When you answer “why” questions, you help your child’s learning. And when you respond to the questions with warmth and praise, you boost your child’s confidence.
Avoid jumping right in and answering every time. Why? Because your child will miss out on the chance to use their own thinking skills. Try giving clues, pointing to something that may help, or encouraging them to say what they think.
Being confident helps children to want to learn new things and grow to be motivated learners. This, in turn, will help them to be good problem solvers and do well at school.
For the UK study reference, visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9959026/Mothers-asked-nearly-300-questions-a-day-study-finds.html.