How to Raise an Inquisitive Child

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Inquisitiveness is what helps children to learn and grow; it’s an important element of the education process. As parents, it’s vital that you try and inspire curiosity within your children to help them perform successfully in school and throughout life. Lots of children are naturally more curious than others, but there are various things you can do to change this if you’re concerned about your child. I have teamed up with a private school in Essex to offer you the following advice.

Every now and again it would be wise to mix up your routine so that your child is able to experience new things. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take them to Disney World or another extravagant adventure. Even the smallest of changes to your routine here and there can stimulate your child’s brain, helping them to think outside of the box. Perhaps you could try a new recipe for dinner or go for a drive somewhere new; anything that shows your child how much there is left to learn and experience outside of their bubble. This will encourage them to ask questions and think about things in new ways. Letting them sit for hours on end playing on their phones or watching TV will not help them become curious individuals.

If your child is demonstrating their inquisitive side by asking lots of questions, try not to shut them down or shrug them off, even if you’re busy. In doing so, your child might feel reluctant to ask you questions again in the future. Even if you are unsure of the answer to your child’s question, refrain from turning them away. Instead, use it as an opportunity to do some research together, either online or in a book. 

Children learn how to behave from their role models, so if you want your child to be more inquisitive, you will have to be inquisitive too. Ask lots of questions to demonstrate how normal it is to be curious. You could ask them something a bit silly like “what superpower would you choose if you could have any?”. If it’s a rainy day, you could ask “do you know where the rain comes from?”. This will encourage them to think deeply about things that they may not otherwise consider. You should try and avoid asking them questions that only require a quick answer like “yes” or “no”, as this won’t get them thinking.

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