Stay curious my child

As I was writing my letter to my daughter last week I started thinking about how I really do want her to stay curious.

Yes it’s exhausting when she asks 100 questions a day, but I still want her to keep questioning things.

Which made me think of this quote from George Carlin:

Don't just teach your children to read George Carlin 


“Don’t just teach your children to read… teach them to question what they read.
Teach them to question everything”


I’m not saying I want my children to be pests who question anything and everything just for the sake of being awkward.  I want them to respect authority and listen carefully to what they’re told, at school for example.

But, I don’t want them to blindly follow everyone else, and mindlessly accept whatever they’re told.

I want them to be independent thinkers.  To read and to listen to the thoughts and opinions of others, and then make up their own minds about things.

I don’t want them to follow a path that someone else tells them they ‘should’ take.

I want them to gather as much information as they can and then make their own choices and decisions about the world and about life.

I want them to be open-minded.

I want them to question everything.

Even if I feel like I’ll scream if I’m asked ‘why?’ one more time today!



Cuddle Fairy


  1. An imperfect mum (Catie) 03/01/2017 / 8:07 pm

    Such a lovely post. You are right, children should be taught to question everything. As a teacher I strongly believe that we need to teach our children to think not just be giving information so we could apply this to many skills. Great quote!

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 9:21 pm

      So nice to hear that our teachers are encouraging the children to question and think for themselves, rather than just wanting them to listen and accept what they’re being told! x

  2. Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi) 03/01/2017 / 9:27 pm

    Awesome quote! I think it’s the most important thing we can teach children, that they should think for themselves and make their own minds up. x #candidcuddles

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 9:19 pm

      Yes! I do hope my children continue to grow up as independent thinkers! x

  3. Georgina Whitehead 03/01/2017 / 9:30 pm

    What an positive quote. I am also a great believer in this and was a very curious little girl, so I’m hoping my daughter will be the same 🙂 thanks for sharing such a gorgeous inspiring quote #CandidCuddles

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 9:18 pm

      Haha, chances are if you were curious as a little girl then your daughter will be too! x

  4. The Mum Project - Meagan 03/01/2017 / 9:40 pm

    Very important quote! Similarly, I don’t want my children following suit, I want them to be individuals that have a mind and aren’t afraid to show it (but of course respect their teachers!). It’s really crucial for kids to question everything so that they can learn as much as possible. : ) Totally agree! Thanks for linking up with #CandidCuddles!

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 9:17 pm

      That’s it isn’t it, if they never question anything they’ll be so limited on how much they can learn about life and the world. x

  5. becky, cuddle fairy 03/03/2017 / 2:41 pm

    Now you are an excellent mommy!! I think what you want for your kids is amazing! I too encourage my kids to ask questions- I always answer them even if it takes a huge explanation. The why’s for no reason do get annoying after awhile though! lol Thanks so much for linking up with #candidcuddles x

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much Becky! Glad I’m not the only one who feels like this, but who also finds the endless whys exhausting! x

  6. Sabrina (The Mummy Stylist) 03/03/2017 / 11:00 pm

    I totally agree – I want my boy to make his own opinions and choices when he grows up xx #twinklytuesday

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 8:53 pm

      It’s really important isn’t it, to make sure they go for what they want and believe in, rather than just following what they’re told to believe and do. x

  7. Mummy and the Mexicans 03/07/2017 / 2:44 am

    What a wonderful quote, I completely agree with it! Curiousity and independent thinking are essential qualities for the world we live in now. Information gets old and outdated so quickly the best things we can teach our children is how to think for themselves and solve problems for themselves. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Madeline 03/02/2018 / 5:53 pm

      That’s a very good point about information getting outdated so quickly, it really is best to question things in that case! x

  8. Annette, 3 Little Buttons 03/02/2017 / 6:38 am

    Critical thinking is so important. I hope I can impart this on Little Button too. I would love her to be able to be an ideas person. Lovely quote! #candidcuddles

    • Madeline 03/04/2017 / 9:16 pm

      It’s a great quote isn’t it?! And makes such an important point! x

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