Friday 13 August 2021

How to Raise an Inquisitive Child

 Why is raising an inquisitive child important? 

Simply put, because the more questions a child asks, the faster they learn. 

We all know that child who says “why?” to every statement don’t we? 

That’s a good trait! It might be a bit tiresome sometimes but it’s definitely a sign that the child is inquisitive. 

Always try to answer those “why” questions – the child is showing that they’re keen to learn.


Keeping their curiosity as they grow


It’s important to help your child retain their naturally curious nature as they grow. All toddlers and small children have a natural capacity for learning but that can fade as they grow.


A good way to ensure the curiosity keeps coming is to expose your children to as many different experiences as possible. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to achieve this either. There are many free activities that you can engage in and then discuss later with your child:


·      National Trust Gardens – these are usually free to enter and often contain many historical features and a wide variety of plants and trees

·      Local museums – again, usually free and showing items of local interest

·      Art galleries – usually free or donation only, art galleries are fun, educational and many hold free or low-cost workshops in the holidays

·      Local parks – full of learning opportunities, nature, play and social events


Keep your eye on the local news for workshops and clubs which your child can attend. Good schools like this independent school in London will also provide excellent opportunities such as debating clubs where children can learn even more about the world around them.


Engage your child in discussion and debate


There are many news outlets which specialise in the news for children – age-appropriate discussion can really open up your child’s world. Don’t be afraid to talk to your child about the big issues such as climate change, animal welfare, food and health. 

Children and teenagers are often very interested in hot topics and will enjoy discussing them with you.

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