On an average a Toddler, asks anywhere between 300 to 400 questions in a day, sometimes early morning, sometimes in the middle of the night, sometimes while eating or sometimes when you are attending the most important work call or sometimes when you are just trying to catch those 40 winks.
Sometimes we feel that the questions asked by a toddler may be irrelevant and just shut them up and sometimes we feel that this never ending bickering will not stop. One of the best ways to handle these questions is to encourage them to ask more questions, while simultaneously encouraging them to ask the right questions. It may seem irritating but the more you direct them to ask the right question, it will be helpful for them in future.
One of the ways in which you can deal with your toddler’s questions is to segregate them and assign them to different people to answer.For Example :- Tell them that queries pertaining to cars and vehicles will be answered by Daddy at night. Queries pertaining to market will be answered by Mummy, Queries pertaining to Toys or relatives will be answered by Grandparents and so on… I know it is difficult because children do not think and ask, they always ask randomly and throw us off the guard, but if we put this into practice slowly and steadily they will realize that the right question has to be asked at the right time to the right person. It may seem tough but it is a necessity for their better future.
If possible always try and keep a specific time for question answer round, it may be when you are travelling, or bathing you can start asking them questions. This habit of a parent asking children question will also encourage and direct the children to think in the right direction.
For Example: My son is very fond of JCB and other construction toys, whenever we travel by car, I initiate the questions with respect to construction, like, why is the JCB standing there and making traffic jam, how will the JCB cross such a narrow path, should we call the JCB uncle to our house as the lane next to our building is not good?
He feels very important and I love his innovative answers, this helps in developing creativity in their minds and to a certain extent children also feel happy and accomplished, when they answer an adult.
The problem is since our childhood we have been always told to not ask questions to elders and just sit and follow, while following this practice may have made you an ideal or obedient child but somewhere as professionals we ended up tolerating stupid bosses because you cannot question and questioning is wrong. Let us teach this new generation the way to ask the right question and encourage and appreciate them in doing so.
If we ask questions, we are often termed as a rebel. But we often forget that most of the problems in our society arise because we never ask questions. Right from childhood encourage your child to ask questions about anything that he has doubts about. It is always better to get your doubts clarified from the right sources, so that one can avoid the complications caused due to lack of knowledge later on.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
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