Curiosity is the driver of all learning in children and innovative thinking in the adult world. Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush speaks about why curiosity is so important and how to keep it alive in our children.
Human beings are born with curiosity. We share three drives with other primates, that is sex, food, and shelter.
There is another quality we have that other primates do not have and that is the ability to ask 'why'. It is important as part of children's natural curiosity to be able to ask questions, she says.
Language development is part of curiosity because you need to express your curiosity and your ideas. Now parents need to play a game of serve and return. When we have these kind of conversations with our children, we need to ask them back questions, like "Where do you think we can find answers to that question or why do you think the sky is blue?"— Nikki Bush - Creative parenting expert
In younger kids, information-seeking abounds. Professor Paul Harris from Harvard University found that between the ages of 2 and 5, kids ask about 40,000 questions. But as kids get older, this insatiable desire to know can lose some of its urgency.
It is so easy to shut down that curiosity conversation with our kids if we give them closed-ended answers, suggests Bush.
Curiosity is often linked with innovative thinking. The world of work right now is prepared to pay a premium price to people who come with innovative ideas, she says, so this should be encouraged in children.
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