Questions, questions , questions …..they never seem to stop right?? Well, why should they? Kids these days are always bursting with questions about science, society, relationships, and the inscrutable ways of the adult world……so much so that their questions are amusing enough to give ‘PK’ (a confused alien from the Bollywood movie of the same name) a run for his money!
While parents today are a lot more conscious than before when it comes to encouraging kids to ask questions, admit that there are times when you wish you could satiate their curious minds with simple replies/answers. But no…like everything else in parenting…there are no simple answers ….as there are no simple questions from our kids!
A benign opening question always has a tough follow-up question up its sleeve; a complicated question always reeks of bad timing! A persistent question is most often the one that does not lend itself to age appropriate answers…..leaving it open for dangerous or embarrassing conclusions. Futuristic questions are questions that make you wonder yourself! So amidst all these questions shot at us….all we parents can say is that “Thank God we have Google!” J
Sometime ago, I had attended a parenting workshop where we had been counseled into not answering questions at all and letting our kids figure the answers on their own so as to empower them into thinking for themselves. While it is a laudable objective, I personally believe that as parents you need to strike the right balance between how much to reveal and how much to leave for discovery. Also, I guess the key endeavour on our part as parents should not only be to help our kids develop an inquisitive mind but also equip them with the right sources to find answers.
One of the many such sources that may help our kids and in turn may ease the burden on us parents are a set of three books from Red Turtle, a wing of Roopa publications, meant for older kids between the age group of eight to fourteen “What if the Earth Stopped Spinning? And 24 Other Mysteries of Science” By Roopa Pai; “How did the Harappans Say Hello? And 16 Other Mysteries of History” by Anu Kumar ; and “Do Tigers Drink Blood? And 13 Other Mysteries of Nature” by Arefa Tehsin and Raza H Tehsin. All three books are illustrated by Kavita Singh Kale
Each of these books present interesting ‘what if’ situations that kids often baffle the parents with! Roopa Pai’s book for example, provides a blow-by-blow account of questions like ‘What if the sun suddenly disappeared?’ and other “10 Nightmarish Scenarios that you shouldn’t Lose Sleep over”. It busts the myths behind ‘5 Scientific Facts that you should Stop Believing’, like “A coin falling on your head from the 100th floor of the Burj Khalifa can kill you”, and unravels ‘10 Mind Numbing Mysteries That aren’t Mysteries at all’ like “How come when I look in a mirror, I’m right side up, but when I look in a shiny spoon, I’m upside down?” I must say that the illustrations and the explanations are not only age-appropriate but also aim to put to rest the whackiest of queries that you’ve ever heard!