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Kids ask parents 22K questions during their school life
A new study has discovered just how curious children are, and reveals that parents are unable to answer a third of their kids' questions
It’s no secret that kids like to ask the question ‘why’, but just how much? New research reveals that curious kids in the UK ask their parents 22,174 questions during their school years – more than half of which are science or engineering related (53%).
Nearly two thirds of parents believe curiosity is key to intelligence (59%) and a successful career (58%). However, children appear to be asking stretching questions. Mums and dads are unable to answer a third of children’s questions (33%) and just under one in 20 (4%) can answer all their questions
The survey of more than 2,000 parents of school aged children, commissioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology to mark the launch of its #ISeeMore competition with confectionary company Mondelēz International, found that the top five questions asked by knowledge-thirsty kids are about:
1. Science, engineering and how things work (53%)
2. How things are made (43%)
3. Nature (40%)
4. Food and drink (31%)
5. Politics (29%)
The majority of parents tell their kids to Google (69%) the solutions rather than suggesting more traditional options, such as asking grandparents (14%), their partners (24%) or their children’s teachers (15%). Nearly two thirds (58%) of parents feel proud of their children for asking questions but, when stumped, just over one in 20 (6%) make up an answer and hope it’s right, whilst almost one in five (18%) tell their child that they’ll enlighten them later and, in the meantime, look it up themselves.
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