Inquisitiveness in Children
Inquisitiveness is an innate trait that develops as a child goes through every milestone of his/her growth phase. A clear picture is one of a few days old baby scampering anxiously for the mother’s breast for suckle; this lays credence to the naturally curious nature of a child. The quest to know leads us to provide answers to – WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHEN, WHERE???
At various times, parents and adults around the children are saddled with the responsibility of providing numerous answers to the endless questions they are posed with. What should our approach be to a child? Remember that it is a privilege to have children that ask questions as this is a pointer to the soundness of mind and functionality of the intellect that builds the love for learning which by itself is a character strength related to the optimal wellbeing of the child.
Below are tips on how to help your child get the best of his/her God-given ability and potential. In questioning lie various directions that will keep them from plunging into the well of ignorance and mistakes;
- Do not shut them up, be willing to talk.
- Give your children room to explore their world. Teach them to find answers.
- Look for the nicest way to say the worst things.
- Remember there are various sources of information. Be their best guide.
- There is a giant in every child. The questions today have the answers and solutions to world challenges.
- Fulfilment is gained when curiosity is satisfied. You are the best educator your child can ever have.
- Create the moment of interaction. Be apt to listen and quick to set straight grey areas or ambiguities.
- This generation of children will blow our minds. We must seek to know as much as they seek to know. Remember, you can only offer what you have.
- Be the pacesetter, be the perfect role model.
- Self-awareness and awareness of the surrounding and the world as a whole is built in every child. Your child will become a 360-degree child with the ability to fit into all spheres of life.
Encourage critical thinking in various ways. Your child is best for being inquisitive and better equipped to face his/her world.
“Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask ‘Why?’ ceaselessly.” – John C. Maxwell