Children are naturally curious because they have a lot to learn about the world around them.
Curiosity is important at any age because, without it, we would cease to learn anything new. That’s why it’s important for parents to encourage the inquisitive side of their child, as explored below by a private school in Hampshire.
First of all, make sure that when your child is asking you questions, you don’t shut them down.
Obviously, when you are busy and your child is nagging, it can be easy to shrug them off but if you do, they will be reluctant to ask you again. Instead, try and answer their questions or tell them that you will do some research and come back to them later when you’re not as busy.
If you don’t know the answer, be honest, and help your child find the answer by looking it up online or in a book.
Another way to stimulate your child’s curiosity is to ensure they are experiencing new things on a regular basis.
This doesn’t mean you have to take them on a fancy holiday to a foreign country, it could be something simple like trying a new recipe or playing a new board game. Just try and mix up the routine from time to time so that your child has the opportunity to learn about things outside of their little bubble.
As a parent, you should always try and model the behaviour you’d like to see in your child.
So, if you want them to be curious, you should be curious too. For example, on a rainy day you could ask “do you know where the rain comes from?” or if you’re trying a new recipe you could say “I wonder how long this needs to go in the oven”. Show your child that it’s perfectly normal to ask questions, experience new things and learn about the world around us.
Let them see you embarking on a new hobby and encourage them to do the same.
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