Toddlers and preschoolers = Rapid-fire, non-stop questions
A few years back when C was a toddler, we were worried when she did not start talking by the time she turned one. She was a relatively quiet baby, in comparison to other children. Turned out that our worries were unfounded because when she did start, she more than made up for lost time. We have been continuously challenged with questions ever since:
“How does a bird fly?”
“When am I going to grow up?”
“Am I going to have a baby next time?”
“What happens when I mix brown and brown? Does it become browner?”…
“Ewww… what is this on my plate?”
“Why do I have to eat carrots?”
And not forgetting the classic one-word question: “Why?”
The endless questions used to drive me crazy. Have you ever wondered how many questions children ask in a day? I tried to count- but lost track after question no. 101.
Well, a recent survey seems to have answered my query. They have found that children between the ages 0 to 9 asked an average of 288 questions a day. 4-year old girls ask the most questions – 390 (averaging a question every one minute 56 seconds of their waking day! Ah, that figures!)
And apparently, 82% of infants go to their mother first. Why? A quarter of children, 24%, said they do this because their father will just say ‘ask your mum’ (so true!).
G has not been talking a lot, yet. While some new parents might be worried, I’m not. I’m just enjoying the relative peace for now. 🙂
So, do you agree with the survey?