I freakin’ hate when my kids ask me “why.” I get super annoyed when they are always asking me “why,” “why,” “why”—and then they respond to the same answer that I have given for the fifth time, with another “why.” And then, it’s like we have hopped on the “why” carousel and can’t get off. Are you exasperated just talking about it? I am.
It’s the thought of them going through this life never asking “why.” Yep, I detest that even more.
My husband and I more than anything want to raise our children to use their voice. That is why we encourage them to talk back, which you can read about in Dear Little Girl With The Smart Mouth.
Sadly, and I hate to admit it, but sometimes we sort of begin to tune our children out—half-listening and answering to appease and cease the conversation, rather than to promote continued thoughtful dialogue.
What I plan to remind myself of each day is this:
- A curious child is rarely bored.
- A curious child is a powerful one, as they have the ability to question and ponder things in a way unique to only them.
- Curiosity prompts most learning.
- Curiosity is the undeniable mark of intelligence.
- Being passionately curious is a rare and special talent.
- A curious mind is always on an adventure, and what a fun life that makes for.
Ultimately, as tiresome as the constant and sometimes nonsensical questions get, I more than anything never want for my children to feel as though I am balking at their desire to learn, grow, better their mind and engage in fruitful dialogue.
“Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.” – Harry Lorayne