Letting Kids Discover Their Own Intellectual Curiosity

Lately I’ve been doing some writing for CuriosityAroused.com.  The nice thing writing about science, especially nature, is that kids really have their own natural intellectual curiosity – if you let them discover it.  The key is not pushing them to learn things they don’t want to learn, but rather, helping them find the topics that they truly find interesting.  That’s how I discovered my intellectual curiosity at a young age and why I still find science and nature so fascinating today.

As parents, we’re obviously worried about our kid’s education.  Its natural to want them to read a book instead of play computer games, or want them to spend more time watching nature documentaries than tv show reruns on their iPads.  But at the end of day, you can only put the material in front of them – you can’t force it down their throats.  It pains me a little that my 12 year old shows absolutely no interest in things I find absolutely fascinating, yet my 8 year old is a voracious devourer of documentaries, books and absolutely loves space and planets.  Was it due to different methods of parenting?  I don’t know, but I do know that it feels much more satisfying when your kids discover the thrill of learning on their own.  The next time your kids wonder why people kiss, encourage them to look up the answer on their own, instead of giving them some vague answer that’s 100% fabricated on the spot.

Oh, and I guess I couldn’t really complete my post without talking about my pieces.  I wrote one article on Cool Facts About Dreams – obviously these piece wasn’t really targeted towards kids.  I also did a few that are more kid friendly, like which one came first, the chicken or the egg,whether yogurt is good for you (more for moms?), and one that dishes the facts about Mount Everest.

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