Top 10 Most Challenging Questions Children Ask Parents: Study Reveals

A recent study found that parents answer an average of 11 questions per day from their children. The survey of 2,000 parents with kids aged 0-6 revealed that kids most commonly ask questions to better understand the world around them, such as animals, nature, and current events.

Parents also report being asked about school subjects like math, reading, and science as well as family-related inquiries. When asked about the most interesting questions their child has ever asked, parents highlighted questions like “Why is the sky so high?” and “Why can fish keep their eyes open in water?”

While children’s questions are frequent, parents admit they can only confidently answer about 42% of their child’s questions. When they’re stumped, parents turn to friends who are also parents, their child’s doctor, and teachers at their child’s school to source answers. The survey also revealed that 81% of parents learn just as much from their child as their child learns from them.

In order to foster their child’s creativity, parents give them opportunities to ask questions, expose them to different lifestyles and cultures, let them explore the world around them, and encourage them to play and use their imagination.

When asked to identify areas in which their child needs the most support or improvement, parents said learning social skills, gaining social-emotional intelligence, being in new situations, and learning how to be independent. Parents believe the benefits their child receives from attending school include learning social skills, being exposed to different situations, and learning independence.

The survey also found that kids ask questions about a wide range of topics, including the world around them, school-related subjects, family-related matters, safety, relationships, daily experiences, future-facing topics, and entertainment.

The survey of 2,000 parents was commissioned by The Goddard School and conducted by market research company OnePoll.


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