Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kids need long explanatory replies!

Whether it is story time or otherwise, my neighbor's 3-year old daughter Pinky has a barrage of questions to her dad. He also gives long-winded explanations patiently without getting the mildest irritation. The child gets engrossed in the question - answer session with full devotion and interest!

Researchers have found that children in the age group 2-5 have a natural desire to learn and shoot question like 'how' and 'why' for every thing new. They are motivated by a desire for explanation. They are not satisfied with one-word answers or cryptic replies and they look for long explanations!

My neighbor Sam sets aside time for his kids and prepares himself for the interaction.

You should also spend more time with your children. Encourage them to ask more questions to kindle their inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge. Be serious in giving explanations preferably with examples wherever possible. Be fully prepared to furnish the correct explanations.


  1. I so remember the whys and hows when my son was growing up. I too believe kids need all the explanation that one can give them. Excellent advice.

    Have a terrific day and week. ;)

  2. Thank you Sandee! Have a great week! Merry Christmas!