A new poll has found that parents are answering at least 10,000 questions a year from the kids.
Kids ask a WHOPPING 10,000 questions each year
A new poll by baby product company Munchkin has found that kids ask at least 27 questions a day!
This is equivalent to approximately 10,000 questions a year.
And not just questions like “Where’s my shoe?” we are talking deep and meaningful questions like “Why is the sky blue?” and “Why does the earth move?”, “Where do fish sleep?”.
The poll found that the hardest questions asked by children include, ‘why do I have to do what you tell me?,’ ‘where do babies come from?’ or ‘why can’t I stay up as late as you?’
The poll of 1500 people found that three-quarters of parents feel they didn’t have the knowledge to answer most of the general questions.
Baby product company Munchkin, which conducted the poll, said: ‘It shows how naturally curious kids are about the world.’
There is a right time to talk to kids though!
According to Child sleep and behaviour consultant, Mylee Zschech, bedtime is actually the perfect time for children to open up.
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“The bedtime routine brings a feeling of intimacy, of closeness with your parents, which can make a child feel more inclined to open up,” Mylee said.
Dr Anna Cohen, Author of Taming Teens told The Healthy Mummy, “Children like to debrief and talk about their day, but often when you pick them up from school it is not good ‘talking time’ – they are tired, they want to get into other things or get into some quiet time.
Dr Anna added, “When they go to bed – as parents, you are thinking they are really tired – they may actually want to voice their concerns.
“It’s not always a stalling tactic – Families are very busy, so kids don’t have a lot of downtime. Bedtime is a nice intimate time and that’s when they may feel relaxed enough to talk about their day.
“Parents need to be reasonable. If you know your child takes longer to settle down, or if you know your child needs to download at the end of the day it’s a good idea to start the routine earlier.”
There are a few other things you can do to try and encourage your children to open up to you more and discuss things at a more appropriate time.
1. Notice the little conversation openers 2. Ask nonjudgmental questions that require real answers. 3. Don’t jump in with solutions and advice. 4. Make sure you connect with each of your children every single day 5. Build “special time” with them – be it a coffee date or movie night 6. Always be available and ready to listen without distractions
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