How to Raise an Inquisitive Child
A curious child is one who is continually learning, by thinking outside the box and asking lots of questions about the world around them. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious, because everything is new to them, but it’s important that parents foster this inquisitive nature as their children get older. Here are some tips on how to do so, from a private girl’s school in Northwood.
Your child will learn what behaviour is acceptable by observing you, so be a good role model and demonstrate curiosity where you can. When you’re out and about, wonder aloud about your surroundings, like “I wonder how old that tree is” or “I wonder if any animals live in that bush”. Show your child that it’s perfectly normal to think about things on a deeper level, not just as they appear.
When your child comes to you with questions, try your best to answer. Sometimes an endless stream of questions can become quite frustrating but turning your child away will make them reluctant to come to you again in the future. If you don’t know the answer, use it as an opportunity for you and your child to bond by taking a trip to the library or doing some research online together.
You should also try and help your child experience new things on a regular basis. We all love a routine, but when things become too familiar, there are limited opportunities to discover new things. This doesn’t mean you have to travel across the world, it just means making simple changes here and there to stimulate your child and provide them with learning opportunities. You could try a new recipe at dinner and talk about where the ingredients came from or drive to another town that you haven’t visited before.
Another way to help your child experience new things is to encourage them to join an extra-curricular club of some sort. This will give them the chance to develop a range of key skills and potentially make life-long friends.