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Is it normal if a five-year-old ask you questions which you can not answer?

  1. jon smith profile image58
    jon smithposted 7 years ago

    Is it normal if a five-year-old ask you questions which you can not answer?

  2. Mandeeadair profile image82
    Mandeeadairposted 7 years ago

    I hope so because my five year old does this all the time...I think her most recent one was "mom, why would we call it football?, the foot barely touches the ball!"......she has a point. lol

  3. Esmeowl12 profile image82
    Esmeowl12posted 7 years ago

    When I taught kindergarten and my 5-year-olds asked a question that I didn't know the answer to, I told them I didn't know but would find out.  Then - I found out - and told them the answer.

  4. Jarn profile image73
    Jarnposted 7 years ago

    Depends on the question. I started asking my folks what our purpose on earth was when I was five, and I'm a complete freak, so if the kid's asking that sort of thing, no it isn't really normal. But more temporal questions like about how machinery works, why the sky is blue, and how medicine works are completely normal.

  5. jwood00 profile image77
    jwood00posted 7 years ago

    Yes, and sometimes they ask questions which no one can answer. I was like this. Make sure not to lie because you're prideful. Be honest, and tell the child you don't know the answer.

  6. dallas93444 profile image76
    dallas93444posted 7 years ago

    Yes. To have an inquiring mind is "normal." If you do not know, tell your child, "I do not know, but let's find the answer."
    Children foremost, rather than to try to remember all of the "facts" they learn, (most of which will become outdated, or modified) need to learn to be "problem solvers."
    When you tell your children you do not know, but will explore for the answer, it indicates life is dynamic. It is OK, not to know.
    An inquiring mind will want to explore methods, processes and develope a knowledge base to build upon...

  7. F.B. Spannigan profile image59
    F.B. Spanniganposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, sure. It depends on the question. You could say (nicely), "Well, I don't know but I could find out!" and google her question. Don't need to freak out.... chill...

  8. profile image58
    rieomposted 7 years ago

    It is normal for kids even younger depending on their skills.  I agree with telling them you will find out if you do not know the answer.  However, kids at this age are often satisfied with a simple answer and there is no need to go into great details.

  9. cardelean profile image92
    cardeleanposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely.  Children are naturally curious.  They have inquisitive minds and I agree with the other comments that if you don't know the answer, search for it.  You could even say to the child, let's look together.  Or if it is something that is really sensitive in nature that you want to filter for your child, look for the answer on your own and then share what you feel is appropriate.

  10. Ms Re profile image57
    Ms Reposted 7 years ago

    Of course it is. It reminds us to be humble realizing that we don't have all the answers, because their little inquisitive minds can ask things we have never taken the time to consider.

  11. Claudin_Dayo profile image60
    Claudin_Dayoposted 7 years ago

    It is totally possible.. . children nowadays are smarter and is asking questions after another compared to my 'generation' smile
    my cousin used to bombard me with questions making me later ponder and laugh about it wink

  12. ndnfoodie530 profile image60
    ndnfoodie530posted 7 years ago

    I've had 95 year olds ask me questions I can't answer, so it follows that a 5 year old could stump me too.
    There are just some questions there are no answers to and we just have to live with that.

  13. Faceless39 profile image93
    Faceless39posted 6 years ago

    Yes.  Adults are wrapped up in the day-to-day.  Kids are still living in a world of wonder and imagination.  They can see things we can't, and question things we would never think of on our own.

  14. Nelly A. profile image74
    Nelly A.posted 6 years ago

    of course it's normal. My son once asked me "Why is the snake born without feet? He looks helpless and he gets dirty crawling all the time." Gosh! What was I supposed to say?

  15. rlaha profile image67
    rlahaposted 6 years ago

    Oh yes! I have had children ask me some questions which were a bit embarrassing so I could not answer them.  Some of those questions were too personal for me to answer, and I was taken aback at how such a young child can know those things!

  16. karmicfilly profile image74
    karmicfillyposted 5 years ago

    My daughter use to torture me with questions.  Not just the normal ones like "why is the sky blue"?  It was more like "what is condensation or what is it like to die?"  Geez she wore me out most days.  The hardest ones I learned to answer like this "I don't know I need to think about that."  That gave me time to research how I thought or what I believed especially when it was very important like values, morals, religion etc....

    I must say we had some of our greatest conversations because of her curiousity and she comes by it honestly as I am the exact same way.  I also know that I did not get them answered in childhood so I did my best to quench her thirst for knowledge.