What’s that? How does this work? Who lives there? Where are we going?
These are all questions you might hear every day, multiple times a day, from an inquisitive child. How you answer the seemingly endless questions depends on your energy level, time of day, alongside a list of 100 other factors.
But, we’re here to remind you that not every question has to have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer! Let’s consider what might happen if instead of providing a finite answer to your child, you instead open the door to further conversation with a ‘maybe’ response!
Here are some responses you could try to inspire some critical or creative thinking:
Q: What’s that?
A: Take a closer look. What do you think it is?
Q: How does this work?
A: Well, I see that it has two wheels. What do you see that might give us a clue as to how it works?
Q: Who lives there?
A: I’m not sure. It looks like there is a play set in the backyard, who might live there?
Q: Where are we going?
A: First we’re going to the grocery store. Then, we have to return the books we borrowed. Where do we check-out books?
Of course, plenty of questions require a firm yes or no answer to provide your child with some limits they understand. For example, “Can I have this chocolate bar for breakfast?” might require a “No.” response.
But the next time your child is asking a string of questions about the big wide world, consider responding in a way that sparks conversation rather than finishes it.
Do you have any examples of how you foster conversations with your child? Share with the Guidepost Parent community in Chat!
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