How should parents answer their child’s questions?

2016.06.30

Children between the ages of 2 and 6 often ask their parents and other adults around them a lot of questions.
Psychologists call this period, where a child’s curiosity for knowledge grows, “the questioning stage”.

During this stage, we want to encourage the child’s thinking skills and imagination.
In this article, we will discuss how parents can best answer their child’s questions.

“What is this?”

For children, many parts of the world around them are new and unknown.
The majority of children are interested in various things around them and ask the question, “what is this?” many times during the day.

However, in many cases, when children ask this question they are not expecting an answer but are just voicing their interest in what they see around them.
Therefore, as parents, it is often best not to answer the question right away but instead try to encourage their child’s thinking skills.

When asked, “what is this?”, first try responding as “what do you think it is?”.
This will encourage your child to think about the answer themselves.
It is a good idea to look at the question from the child’s standpoint, give them hints and try to answer the question with them.

“Why?”

Parents should respond the same way when their children ask them “why?” or “how come?”.
Asking your child to answer his/her own questions is a great way to encourage their learning.

It is important to show your child that you want to think along with them instead of just answering the question.
Answering their questions right away and making long explanations will only encourage them to ask questions before they try thinking of the answers themselves.

“Thinking skills” and “curiosity” are very important traits to have as they grow up.
It is important to encourage them to gain these skills from a young age.

Let’s react to our child’s questions from their perspective

From an adult’s perspective, many of the questions that children ask have obvious answers and are not worth asking.

However, it is not a good idea to respond “the answer is obvious” or “that is a stupid question”!
It is also not a good idea to respond “I am busy so I will answer the question later”.

These types of responses to their questions will cause the child to feel that their parents do not care about their worries and questions.
It is important to consider the question from the child’s perspective and answer the question as best as you can.

Encourage them to have many different experiences

It is suggested that parents allow their children, who are at an age where they are interested in the world around them, to have as many new experiences as possible.
Allowing your child to play at and visit various locations will promote their curiosity.

Having them attend English and music classes with children their age will also stimulate their learning.
It is important for parents to allow their children to have lots of experiences each day and encourage them to be interested in the world around them.
This will give them the opportunity to ask many questions and promote their learning.

Let’s try to answer our child’s questions in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Let’s give them opportunity to be curious and think and answer their own questions as well.

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