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4 Essential Benefits of Curiosity in Children

4 Essential Benefits of Curiosity in Children
August 4, 2020 Stephanie Esser

4 Essential Benefits of Curiosity in Children

 

Curiosity is one of those beautiful innate qualities that encourage children to learn and explore them. Curiosity in children is apparent even as early newborns trying to decipher their surroundings. It’s a quality that is both wondrous and sometimes inconvenient – and one that has significant benefits.

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4 Essential Benefits of Curiosity in Children

That natural curiosity in children doesn’t often fit in the adult world, and it can be unintentionally discouraged. However, research shows the benefits of being curious far outweigh any inconveniences.

Curiosity Leads to Persistence

A curious child wants to know the why and how behind everything. This cultivates a natural tendency to brainstorm and experiment to come up with potential solutions to problems.

This ability to try and tackle problems from different angles leads to persistence. Curious people are more resilient in the face of anxiety and uncertainty (source). Instead of giving up at the first obstacle, the interested child will try to create a solution.

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Curiosity Helps Foster Empathy

Empathy is a crucial trait for developing emotional maturity and meaningful connections with others. One of the benefits of being curious is that it naturally makes you try to imagine what someone else is feeling.

A curious child wonders how other people experience the world, helping them develop empathy and compassion.

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Curiosity Leads to Self-Awareness

Why do we do the things we do? Is there a different perspective I can take about this situation? These questions come from curiosity.

Curiosity in children will help them seek life skills and work toward improving in different areas of life. A curious child will also see when it’s time to ask for someone else’s input or help.

 

Create a Lifelong Love of Learning

One of the great benefits of being curious is that it makes us natural learners. When children are curious, they’re excited to learn and more likely to retain information.

Research says that curiosity lights up the brain in profoundly positive ways that help us learn new information. When we foster a sense of curiosity in children, learning becomes fun. This can lead to a lifelong pursuit of ideas and knowledge that inspire your child.

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How to Encourage Curiosity in Children

How can we help encourage more curiosity in children? Here are a few simple ways we can help:

• Be a model of curiosity

Ask questions out loud and find the answer with your child. “Why is the sunset so colorful?” or “What happens if we take a different road to school today?” Also, make sure you’re trying new things or taking a class in a new interest area. Children will learn that curiosity is a natural part of life.

• Ask what they think

Before answering questions or explaining something to your child, ask them what they think. Thoughtfully listen to their answers and wait to respond until they’re finished speaking.

• Let them explore their passions

Whenever your curious child becomes interested in something new, let them explore it as much as possible. They may be fascinated with a specific period in history or how cars work. Give them time and opportunity to explore different parts of that passion.

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Thanks for reading,

🧡 Stephanie Esser

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