According to a survey of 1,500 people, children ask 73 questions every day – 50% of which mums and dads have no clue how to answer. It may take a while for your bubs to build the vocab necessary to barrage you, but they catch up fast: best you start swotting your general knowledge–like, now.
The poll, undertaken by Argos and Chad Valley, revealed that a third of parents were slightly tired out by fielding the multitude of “Why?”s (Nobel prize to any parent strong-willed enough to not answer “Zed” in response); although 40% were actually chuffed with their kiddo’s unrelenting curiosity.
The results also found the following questions the most difficult to adequately answer–some of which demonstrate that acute ability of children to nonchalantly flip the lid on taboo topics–or innocently dismantle the very foundation of social mores:
- Why do people die?
- Where did I come from?
- What is God?
- How was I made?
- What does “we can’t afford it” mean?
- Is Father Christmas real?
- Why do I have to go to school?
- When you die who will I live with?
- Why is the sky blue?
- Why can’t I stay up as late as you?
The poll concluded with the finding that curiosity does not discriminate with regards to gender; both boys and girls are equally inquisitive–and age 4 is prime time for questions about the big, wide world…
…Deep breath in….