Developing A Sense Of Curiosity In Children

Dr. Purushothaman
October 13, 2013

The average child may ask up to 400,000 questions before their fourth birthday. The parent's response to questions influences the child's development later in life. Parents who become involved with their children can help to develop a sense of curiosity in the child's life, which provides lifelong benefits.

Curiosity can help in a child's well rounded development. The curiosity helps the children to clarify problems, develop ideas and express themselves. They are able to solve problems and riddles that make them better students and more valuable to employers as adults. They learn to ask how life can be better, leading to an improved quality of life for themselves and those whom they care about.

As a child learns to question, he learns to relate the questions asked to new ideas. Those who develop curiosity are able to learn more. They develop a natural quest to learn new things so that asking more questions and learning new information becomes second nature to them.

Parents may observe children expressing wonder at things they observe, events or objects. The parent should try to answer the questions using proper answers. Providing the correct answer can help one's child to develop an ability to satisfy his or her own curiosity at a later date. This means parents also must become lifelong learners.

The answers provided should be truthful. If a parent does not know the answer, it is important to be frank and honest with the child. Take the child to someone who can answer if possible. As the child ages, offer riddles and other challenges to develop the power of his or her curiosity. These tricky and challenging situations cause the child to renew their vigor in finding an answer.

Great inventors and prodigies were individuals who learned to ask the right kind of questions. They developed the patients to seek the right answers. They persevered and were dedicated to making great discoveries that benefit the human race today. Their relentless attention to detail and efforts made them legendary in the world today.

Today, the curious continue to make discoveries that help to continue to improve living conditions around the world. Scientists continue to work to combat disease, find new sources of energy and improve the environment. Their work takes money. An SRED consultant can help by completing forms that are needed for grants to fund research to answer one's curiosity about how the world can be a better place in which to live.

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