In what can hardly be described as news, a study by online retailer Littlewoods reveals that mothers are asked around 288 questions by their children in a typical day at home.
That’s shocking right? I mean my son must clearly be above average. He asks questions before he even opens his eyes in the morning. But this survey focused on 1,000 mothers with children aged between two and ten and my child is twelve.
The Daily Mail reports
“It is during meal times when most questions are asked, with young children rattling off 11. This is closely followed by a routine trip to the shops, prompting ten.
Some 82 per cent of infants apparently go to their mother first rather than their father if they have a query. A quarter of children, 24 per cent, said they do this because their father will just say ‘ask your mum’.
In all, a mother’s knowledge is in such demand the study by online retailer Littlewoods.com found they are asked around 105,120 questions a year by their children.
The research found the number of questions asked by children differs with age and gender, with four-year-old girls being the most inquisitive. At the other end of the spectrum, nine-year-old boys are more content with their knowledge, asking a mere 144 questions per day.
Although the number of questions children ask falls with age, they increase in difficulty – so much so that 82 per cent of mothers admit they can’t answer them.”
Okay I am well within the 82% with my child asking me, amongst others, some of these doozies just recently
- How does digital radio work?
- How high up is space?
- How do the weather people predict the weather and why does daddy say they can’t do their job?
- If drugs are illegal because they make you act crazy and you can get addicted to them why isn’t alcohol illegal?
- What is 29 cubed?
- Why can’t I put this (glass with batteries in the base) in the bath, it isn’t electricity so how do the batteries actually work?
I almost look back at the days of endless questions from a toddler with wistful romanticism. I remember the persistent questioning, the relentless search for knowledge that felt like he just wanted a small piece of my sanity but I remember that I could answer nearly all the questions. (It helped that so many of the questions were the same just repeated a billion times).
But there’s one thing about motherhood that you can be certain of – as soon as you think some stage has passed forever you get something like THIS every single night
“Can I stay up later?”
“Can I read a few more pages?”
“Why do I get thirstier in the night than I do in the day?”
“What are we doing tomorrow morning?”
“What time do I have to get up?”
“What if I don’t get up in time?”
“What is the weather going to be like tomorrow?”
“Can I wear sport uniform to school tomorrow even though it’s a uniform day?”
“Why is the sport jumper so much softer than the uniform jumper?”
“Did we buy this jumper or did Zach give it to us when he grew out of it?”
“Do you remember that TV show we watched when I was 3 and there was this guy in it that wore cool green pants?”
You have to love an inquisitive mind.
Do your kids ask a billion questions?
Lana is a wife, mum, writer and in between all that she's still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. You can follow her blog here and catch up with her on Twitter @lanahirschowitz
This post was first published on Lana's blog and has been republished with full permission