• Hello there! Good one. I believe in the same philosophy. You can shut up the mouth but not the mind. We should consider it a blessing that our child is curious. I am also inching towards question session (my child is going to be 2 in few days). He has already begun. He would pick up his book and go on asking over and over again what each one is. My nephew visited us recently. That was my first brush with this questioning phase. He is 7 years old but I was amazed at the questions these kids have. It reflects their thought process. I was happy that I could give him answers with some help from Googleji 😉

    • Yamini Vijendran

      Very soon even Google ji is not going to be enough for our little beavers! 🙂 Glad you liked the post Reema!

  • Swati Nitn Gupta

    Hi there girls, I am a mother of five year old preschooler and he keeps bombarding each of us (I am living in a joint family so it is daadu, daadi, chaachu, chaachi and the parents that’s us) with his questions and all of try to answer his questions with best of our abilities. If at times any one of us snaps at him — very innocently he will say — main pooch hi toh raha hoon aapse. If you won’t tell me how will I learn?

    • Yamini Vijendran

      So very true Swati! Innocent curiosity knows nothing of irritation or boredom. I guess we as parents need to develop a very heavy armor of patience. Snapping at kids when they ask questions will only be counterproductive, sending wrong signals that it is not good to ask questions!

  • “They need to form their own opinions of what is good and what is bad, instead of us thrusting it upon them. Only then will they stand up for themselves tomorrow. ” – Absolutely! ‘Go with the flow’ only creates reasons for subversions of “norms” later on in life. Wonderfully wise thoughts.

    • Yamini Vijendran

      Thanks for your kind words Sakshi. Isn’t that what is plaguing our nation today? Like Naseeruddin Shah says in The Wednesday, when there’s a bomb blast, we call up the people we know in the city, make sure they are safe, watch the TV and shake our heads, then go about our work as usual. The recent spate of rapes and sundry other crimes, all point to this very apathy that has become ingrained in our persona.

  • Thats something I like about my daughter’s preschool.. they wait for the questions to come in and encourage them.. yeah but it is tough on the poor mommy back who is advised not to say ‘because I said so’

    • Yamini Vijendran

      Absolutely Sirisha! I am already petrified by the questions my lil one asks! 🙂

  • Malcom Gladwell has touched the culture of not questioning very well in his book Outliers, very well with example of Korean Air. The hierarchical culture of not questioning leads to more accidents than anywhere else in Korean Air. A society not encouraging questions becomes a society of followers and not of innovators.

    • Yamini Vijendran

      Very true Prasad. Probably the reason why India produces so many bright minds but none shine bright enough to spread light across the world. Somewhere down the line, the ‘follower’ tendency takes over the ‘innovator’.