Common Questions Children Ask
Your children are inquisitive and ask all sorts of questions. Unfortunately, your child expects you to answer them; if they don’t understand your response, they tend to repeat the question. So, it’s important to answer the questions in simple terms the child can understand.
On average, children ask over seventy questions per day; that’s a lot, and you can quickly feel a bit unsure how to answer them all. Fortunately, you can prepare for some of them. So, what common questions do children ask, and how should you answer them?
Why is the Sky Blue?
Skies are blue because the light in the air is blue; so, when you look up at the sky, you can see the light coming from the air. When the molecules in the air scatter at sunrise and sunset, the sky turns orange and red.
Where Do Babies Come From?
It’s important to give the child a factual answer. Of course, it must be age-appropriate. You can’t, however, be afraid to be specific about certain things as it causes more confusion. While you don’t need to go into the nitty-gritty details, it’s good to have an honest conversation.
Where Does Water Come From?
97% of the Earth’s surface is water and water creates the oceans. Water forms ice and snow in cold temperatures. While young children don’t necessarily understand the ins and outs of the planet, it’s good to give them a general understanding of where water comes from.
Why Do People Get Sick?
Viruses can cause someone to become sick, but there are ways to keep the body healthy. It’s important, to be honest with this answer; however, you don’t have to talk about specific illnesses or diseases unless the child asks. Of course, as the child gets older and they ask more questions, it’s good to be more specific.
What Happens When You Die?
It’s a difficult question to answer because everyone has their own beliefs. If you genuinely don’t know how to answer, say you’re not sure. If you follow a religion, you could follow your beliefs. For example, you’re Catholic and believe there is a God and when you die, you will go to Heaven. It’s one way to answer this difficult question.
Where Does God Live?
It’s important to answer this question based on your beliefs or faith. For example, you can say God lives in Heaven. If the child asks a follow-up question, answer it as best as you can.
Are We Poor? Are We Rich?
It’s important to keep a child level-headed when it comes to financial matters. For instance, let them know you have money to buy the essentials, but not everything they would like. It’s a difficult question to answer because no child should know their family doesn’t have enough money. If your family is well-off, you still want to keep the child level-headed, otherwise, they can become spoiled.
Why Aren’t There dinosaurs anymore?
You could give them the simple answer that an asteroid crashed into the planet many years ago and dinosaurs were wiped out. It’s important to stress that newer animals replaced them.
Where’s My Socks?
It’s easy to give a smart answer back; however, make their minds do the thinking. For instance, when a child asks where their socks are, you ask where they last saw them. It’s a simple way to answer the questions. Of course, if you put the child’s socks in their dresser drawer, tell them so. It might be easier.
Children often follow up questions with a why. So, give a specific answer to the question. It is the simplest way to answer the question and possibly prevent another spate of queries.
Children love to ask questions and you should try to answer them as honestly as possible. It’s good the child is inquisitive, even if it frustrates or tires you.