I spent a lovely weekend with my son over the Easter holiday. He is a very curious 3 year old as all 3 year olds are. As much as it often drives his parents crazy he never fears asking his barrage of questions:
- What happened
- What is that
- Where …
He will often ask the question to his Mom and then turn to me or then to another person until he gets the answer.
This had me think, what ever happens with us that stops that inquisitive nature. He never assumes he understands and even when he does he often drills down on things. If we don’t answer the question one day, you can be sure that he will wake up in the morning with that being his first question.
As much as this can be aggrevating, there are many lessons here:
- It should never be embarassing to ask the question if you have a natural and genuine interest in understanding.
- If you don’t get an answer, or it doesn’t make sense
– Ask again
– Ask someone else
– Ask the question a different way
- If we ask too often the people we are asking will let us know