Encourage questioning skills in kids. The ‘whys’, ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ will eventually help in their cognitive development. In other words, if you want smarter kids, let them ask questions. #FeedIQ

why you should encourage questioning skills in kids for better cognitive development #FeedIQ

Do you have a pre-schooler or a ‘threenager’ who keeps asking you “what is that” for everything? Does your toddler baffle you with all the ‘whys’, ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ everyday? Don’t get too worked up on it, these questions can have a deeper effect in the long run – you could be raising a smarter kid, actually. Encourage questioning skills in kids – the more they ask, the more they think, the better is the cognitive development. Yes, as a mom you have to be a friend who can and ‘is willing’ to answer his questions.  You are in fact, helping in building a good IQ in your kid. Question and answers are one of the best ways to #FeedIQ.

What is Cognitive Development?

Every time you come across this term ‘cognitive development’ you must be wondering – what is it and why is it a big milestone for a child. Cognitive Development in kids is in fact, the construction of thought process. It includes factors like inquisitiveness, perception, remembering, decision making, and problem solving. In other words – it is one of the most important development that you want to see in your child which will help him throughout the life.

Should you wait for a certain age for stimulating cognitive development?

It might sound strange, but even newborns can be stimulated for cognitive development. Many newborns can distinguish the mothers voice from all other sounds around him. The more you interact, play, sing with the baby they develop better perception.

But you can interact with your baby better when they start picking up a language and talk to you. Kids are inquisitive in nature, they want to find out what’s there around him, what’s happening in the house and can even throw random questions like ‘why is the sun yellow’, or ‘why do you need to sleep’. As long as these questions are coming it’s all good.

why you should encourage questioning skills in kids for better cognitive development #FeedIQ

Why you should encourage questioning skills in kids?

My son, who’s going to be three later this month is in that phase of asking questions all the time. We have this thing in the house where we encourage to ask questions – any questions, any amount of time – ask to your hearts will. Why do I do this? I had a lot of questions as a kid. While my dad was patient with them, my mom often asked to stop talking so much! That’s something that didn’t go down too well with me and at one point of time I thought the friends at school were better to ask questions. But no, it’s better you get all your answers from the person you consider your guide – which were my parents, in my case.

I have noticed, my son has started reasoning and comparing at this tender age. He’s able to say, ‘I can’t sit on the floor because its dirty’, when he has spilled some water. He even tests me by asking ‘what does a duck do’ (asking about the sounds) and if I happen to say it wrong, to test him, he corrects me with “no a duck does not do cluck cluck, a duck does quack quack”.

Asking questions and getting those answers form the crux of complex mind processes like critical thinking, reasoning, logic building. It even helps communication skills and social skills. So keep the questions coming.

role of a mom in cognitive development

Role of a mom in promoting your child’s cognitive development? #FeedIQ

A mother is often the most important caregiver, teacher and facilitator in a kid’s life. A kid trusts his mother blindly – what you will say will form the foundation of his thought process. Moms play an important role in enhancing a baby’s cognitive development. The more a mother interacts with her baby, since infancy, the more rapid is their development. But don’t jump into helping your kid in his critical thinking or decision making at the first go. As a mother it’s important that you encourage in letting the child think and reason on his own without your help.

6 ways to encourage questioning skills in kids

How to encourage questioning skills in kids?

#1 Play Time:

There’s no better way to learn than play and learn. When you make the learning process fun through toys, puzzles, colors, and play time, it becomes fun and kids tend to learn better. Let them name their toys.

play time for cognitive development

#2 Read Books:

I have been reading fairy tales and other books to my son since he was an infant. Picture books and stories enhances their curiosity. When you ask questions about the story or what they see on the page can often lead to interesting answers. Books will allow your child to think, and thereby to question.

#3 Allow them to make mistakes:

‘Every mistake you make is progress’. Allow the trial and errors instead of telling that ‘you have to do it.’  I allow my kid to make mistakes and then learn from it. He fell down from a stair once and got hurt because he was rushing. I explained that he needs to be careful while climbing stairs. Post that incident – he always remembers to climb one step at a time and hold the railing.


#4 Talk and Sing:

Songs are great for teaching how to remember. You can sing songs, rhymes, or even make up some tune.

#5 Ask Questions:

Kids learn by examples. What they see, they do. Ask questions to him in his way. Show him fruits and ask their names, ask him colors, cartoon characters, vehicle names or whatever the child gets to see around. When you ask questions they get encouraged to ask you questions too.

#6 Don’t reject their questions:

Children can ask repetitive questions or even silly ones. Don’t get worked up on that. It might sound silly to you, but it’s the beginning of their learning journey. The more they ask questions the better they continue to expand their knowledge. If you ask him to stop it might lead to lower confidence and reclusiveness.

dont reject kids questions

So don’t get tired, encourage questioning skills in kids for better cognitive development. After all, you as a mum only want the best for your kid.


18 Comments on Why you should encourage questioning skills in kids for better cognitive development? #FeedIQ

  1. Dipika Singh
    July 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm (9 months ago)

    Encouraging the questioning mind is also beneficial in kids getting the in-depth knowledge of whatever they do. Inquisitiveness enhances brain development, the games mentioned are loved by all kids. Thank you for sharing.

    • tinabasu
      August 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm (8 months ago)

      Welcome Dipika. We do tons of questions and answers through the day.

  2. Sabeeka Lambe
    July 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm (9 months ago)

    I encourage questions too and often try to give them an answer that would make them ask me another question. This I feel encourages them to think. Also, as you rightly said, brain stimulation can start in the very early weeks. This is a really helpful article, especially for new moms ..

    • tinabasu
      August 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Sabeeka, These little things help in the long way.

  3. Deepa
    July 5, 2018 at 1:17 pm (9 months ago)

    Asking questions actually helps as it makes them think and explore. It is great for their cognitive development and encourage them to ask questions too. Great tips.

  4. Neha Sharma
    July 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm (9 months ago)

    Superb post, Tina! My son is 2.5 years old and doesn’t know clearly how to ask questions, but he keeps on repeating sentences all the time and that is our opportunity to help build up his communication skills and provide the right stimulation for his cognitive development. Your tips will be really helpful for parents to encourage questioning skills in kids.

  5. Akshata
    July 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm (9 months ago)

    I can relate to this Tina as I get these questions from my daughter very often .. wonderful tips on improving cognitive development of kids

  6. Alpana Deo
    July 8, 2018 at 8:30 am (9 months ago)

    I can relate to your post and the benefits you have mentioned. As parents we should always follow the open door policy whenever it comes to kids curiosity.

  7. Pooja Kawatra
    July 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm (9 months ago)

    Asking questions is a wonderful way to think more and it also helps them to develop curiosity.

  8. Gurjeet Chhabra
    July 9, 2018 at 1:53 pm (9 months ago)

    I can relate to this , as my daughter start questioning. Some time I get irritated but after reading your post I realized how important to answer her

  9. Amrita
    July 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm (9 months ago)

    Important tips for improving cognition .Reading is an important habit.

  10. Nayantara Hegde
    July 9, 2018 at 8:58 pm (9 months ago)

    I have a blog on this topic too. Only when I sat to write it and did some research did i realise that there is so much to gain for them from questioning. Your tips to develop the skill are very helpful too

  11. Gunjan
    July 10, 2018 at 11:27 pm (8 months ago)

    that’s such an informative post Tina. Its so important to ask question and encouraging them will add more to their learning

  12. Surbhi Mahobia
    July 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm (8 months ago)

    Kids’ minds are curious. They want to absorb every single moment. They ask questions because it’s their age to learn. When we grow up we think we know everything and we stop asking questions. Curiosity keeps them excited and churns their grey cells. This is a great article.

  13. Sidra
    July 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm (8 months ago)

    I can relate to this.

  14. Umer
    July 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm (8 months ago)

    That’s great. We should always encourage our children. It helps them in their confidence.
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  15. zainab
    August 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm (8 months ago)

    I can relate to this. I just hope I can be the mama I’m supposed to be.
    zainab @slimexpectations.com


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