If you are a grandparent of a child aged three and over you would have been reminded of the ‘why’ phase of development your own children went through.
“Why, grandpa are trees green?”
“Why is there a Moon?”
“What is grandma doing with the dog?”
It’s a wonderful age where a young mind is growing and becoming more and more curious.
While the never-ending list of questions can be tiring, it’s important to be patient; take a step back and consider that they are an indication of curiosity.
According to Greater Good Berkeley Edu there are six surprising benefits of curiosity.
In fact, they claim that the curiosity not only benefits a child’s intellect, but also benefits their psychological, emotional, social, and even physical health.
1. Curiosity helps children survive
While curiosity killed the cat, it seems to have the opposite effect on our grandkids.
Our brains release dopamine when we discover new and interesting things. That’s one reason children get so excited about new toys, and not the ones they’ve owned for some time.
Exploring their environment gives children good survival skills. Even things like walking on uneven rocks or learning how difficult it is to balance on top of a basketball are important actions a curious child may try and learn a lot from.
2. Curiosity makes children happier
Most of the things we did as kids made us happy, and we discovered this by being curious about them.
Being curious helps our grandchildren to gain a level of satisfaction and confidence. Research has shown that curious children and adults are happier.
3. Curiosity boosts achievements and success
When our grandchildren are curious about something there attention and levels of excitement are heightened.
Therefore they do better at school and later on in their careers. In seems that curiosity leads to experimentation which improves skill sets and guarantees more achievements.
4. Curiosity expands a child’s empathy and understanding
Curiosity leads children to engage with people outside their normal circles. This leads to a greater understanding of the issues of others.
A curious child learns more about the greater world they live in, and is able to redefine their own experiences each time they exercise their curiosity and encounter someone new.
5. Curiosity helps strengthen relationships
While it may not seem important now, as our grandchildren mature their relationships will benefit greatly if they are curious.
When someone opens up or declares they are unhappy in some way, a curious person stops, listens and asks questions. The two individuals then begin to share a greater, stronger relationship that is linked to empathy and understanding.
6. Improves physical well-being and health
Healthcare practitioners who ask questions and are more curious are better at caring for their patients, for example.
A child who is curious about the pain they feel will improve their own physical well-being by then going and explain it to an adult.
Read the whole article here and don’t forget to use your own curiosity when visiting the Greater Good Berkeley Edu site. You’ll be glad you did!