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2018-02-09 09:00:28 AM  
Take a look, it's in a book.
 
2018-02-09 09:39:15 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Take a look, it's in a book.


What are you, dead?  It's on the web.
 
2018-02-09 09:41:26 AM  
Actually this approach is what we took with the littlebopper.  Every single thing, no matter how mundane, was a learning experience.
 
2018-02-09 09:41:47 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Take a look, it's in a book.


Got a query?  Just ask Siri!
 
2018-02-09 09:42:15 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Take a look, it's in a book.


Does that question vex ya?  Just ask Alexa!
 
2018-02-09 09:48:34 AM  
What doom hath I wrought?
 
2018-02-09 09:53:35 AM  
Kids already know...

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2018-02-09 10:22:54 AM  
You mean I was right?
 
2018-02-09 10:24:38 AM  

blatz514: Kids already know...

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2018-02-09 10:24:50 AM  
The only right answer to "Why is the sky blue?" is "It's not."
 
2018-02-09 10:25:37 AM  
I encourage my 10 year old to seek answers himself, and even when I'm providing information, I do it in the form of asking him questions.

Whenever I tell him to look something up on the Internets, I always ask, "How much of the Internet is lies?"
"About 90%," he replies.
"Okay. Carry on."
 
2018-02-09 10:27:13 AM  
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TL;DR - It's all about discovery.
 
2018-02-09 10:27:58 AM  
What, you want me to actually converse with the little shiats?
 
2018-02-09 10:28:22 AM  
Why can't I eat gummy worms for breakfast?
FKCK YOU!!

Why are planets round?

GO FKCK YOUSELF

Why does your face look like that?
FKCK OFF YOU LITTLE shiat!!

/parenting, NAILED IT.
 
2018-02-09 10:28:23 AM  
If I asked my parents a question, I was told to, "look it up." I spent a lot of time reading and gaining knowledge. Kids have to learn to fend for themselves, of they will be led around by the nose and will grow up and elect the first idiot that comes along and does the thinking for them.
 
2018-02-09 10:30:15 AM  
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2018-02-09 10:30:55 AM  
Oh look an article where stupid people give stupid advice. Please, answer your children's questions. It's how they learn.
 
2018-02-09 10:31:28 AM  
How the hell much time does the author think I have!? I'll just say "you're right; it is a big blue crayon" and move on with my life.
 
2018-02-09 10:32:14 AM  
Child: "Why is the sky blue?"
Dad: "How the hell should I know? Do I look like Buddha or sumpin'? Go ask your mum*."

/ * - or other dad if that applies
 
2018-02-09 10:32:58 AM  
Well, yes it's good for them to work out somethings, but at some point you have to intervene with the right information. A 5 year old is never going to figure out that air molecules scatter blue light more than other wavelengths.

Just don't be afraid to give them information that is over their heads. I always explain that just because you don't understand it now doesn't mean you'll never understand it. Thinking about stuff that's hard is like exercising your brain.
 
2018-02-09 10:33:50 AM  
Good advice, especially because a lot of the times, the parents give the wrong answers.  "Why is the sky blue daddy?"  "Because Jesus made it that way as a warning to the gay people honey."
 
2018-02-09 10:34:02 AM  
Love that virtually every article published on that site is a command: "Stop doing X/Y/Z". Whole lotta clickbait goin' on.
 
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2018-02-09 10:34:31 AM  

Frankly Speaking: Oh look an article where stupid people give stupid advice. Please, answer your children's questions. It's how they learn.


Especially if the kid is 5 or under.
 
2018-02-09 10:35:03 AM  

basemetal: What, you want me to actually converse with the little shiats?


My sentiments as well.
5 seconds to answer his goddamn question.
5 minutes to 'engage' him like TFA suggests.
 
2018-02-09 10:35:18 AM  
Tried this with my four-year-old the other day. She ended up debunking two of Newton's laws, so that's the last time we'll be trying out THAT life hack. In our house we obey the laws of thermodynamics, thankyouverymuch.
 
2018-02-09 10:38:54 AM  
"Because you disappoint me" is usually a good answer.
 
2018-02-09 10:41:00 AM  

Frankly Speaking: Oh look an article where stupid people give stupid advice. Please, answer your children's questions. It's how they learn.


Exactly! It's good for them to be inquisitive and it's good for you to have stuff to talk about with your kid.

emarche: Love that virtually every article published on that site is a command: "Stop doing X/Y/Z". Whole lotta clickbait goin' on.


You've been eating mayonnaise wrong all this time. Stop doing that.

Yeah, that shiat makes me a little slappy as well.
 
2018-02-09 10:41:28 AM  
I try to make it a learning experience each time.  I don't want to squash their curiosity (a trait that we should encourage) so most of the time I answer.

The times I don't?  It's usually the mundane "who were you talking to on the phone" or if I am asking my wife a question and she answers, and my son starts asking "what did she say?".  I do a "it's not about you, so you don't need to know" response to those kinds of questions.
 
2018-02-09 10:42:32 AM  

edrick: "Because you disappoint me" is usually a good answer.


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2018-02-09 10:42:58 AM  

big pig peaches: Well, yes it's good for them to work out somethings, but at some point you have to intervene with the right information. A 5 year old is never going to figure out that air molecules scatter blue light more than other wavelengths.

Just don't be afraid to give them information that is over their heads. I always explain that just because you don't understand it now doesn't mean you'll never understand it. Thinking about stuff that's hard is like exercising your brain.


This. My oldest is only 2 so I can't tell her to look things up yet. I try to make sure i actually know the answer before I tell her why things are the way they are. I freely admit when I don't know something and then I'll find a video on YouTube from a good source and we'll both learn something.

/just started going over the three states of matter with her, we'll see if it sticks.
//yes I know there are more, I'm keeping it simple.
 
2018-02-09 10:44:30 AM  

The Yattering: The only right answer to "Why is the sky blue?" is "It's not."


You left out smiling smugly and saying "seems that way, doesn't it?"
 
2018-02-09 10:45:13 AM  
Too much work. As long as you actually answer their questions and don't say "because I said so" or "because you don't want the chupacabra to get you," they should turn out all right.
 
2018-02-09 10:45:53 AM  
Also, Calvin and Hobbes dad answers work as well:

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2018-02-09 10:46:49 AM  
If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."
 
2018-02-09 10:47:58 AM  
My standsrd response set: because i said so; no; i dont know;  your mom.
 
2018-02-09 10:49:42 AM  

xalres: /just started going over the three states of matter with her, we'll see if it sticks.


My two-year old was able to figure out the three states of matter on her own. Wet. Wind. Ouch.
 
2018-02-09 10:52:24 AM  

dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: Take a look, it's in a book.

What are you, dead?  It's on the web.


Serious lulz.

/couple of tears, too, thanks!
 
2018-02-09 10:53:26 AM  
My parents (especially my dad) did this and I am a better person for it.
The only downside is that I am now EVERYONE's go to for questions because not only do I know a ton from looking everything up, but I know how to easily find answers to things that I don't.
With the wife though every fifth or so question, I give the "gee, if only you had some sort of device in your hand right now that literally had access to the majority of the world's information so you could answer your own question..."
 
2018-02-09 10:54:23 AM  
I do this with my almost five year old, if I think he's able to figure things out on his own. He's never asked me anything as stupid as "Why is the sky blue?"
 
2018-02-09 10:54:50 AM  

dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: Take a look, it's in a book.

Does that question vex ya?  Just ask Alexa!


Ok, ok, now you're just showing off

/let others have a turn yes
//yes, I'm pissed I didn't get to try
///my favorite cereal is Corn Pops
 
2018-02-09 10:57:20 AM  

winedrinkingman: Good advice, especially because a lot of the times, the parents give the wrong answers.  "Why is the sky blue daddy?"  "Because Jesus made it that way as a warning to the gay people honey."


I read that too quick and my immediate thought was, "What's gay honey, and how fabulous is it?"
 
2018-02-09 10:57:26 AM  
Can't use your noodle?  Just say, "Hey, Google!"
 
2018-02-09 10:57:35 AM  
There's no question a kid can ask that can't be quickly answered with a savage, bloody, and ultimately fatal beating.
 
2018-02-09 10:58:43 AM  

ChipNASA: Why are planets round?


NSFW, Language.

https://youtu.be/G91IU8cFJ7o
 
2018-02-09 10:58:58 AM  

dittybopper: Actually this approach is what we took with the littlebopper.  Every single thing, no matter how mundane, was a learning experience.


Yeah, but now he's super into shortwave radios...poor little fella  ( ._.)
 
2018-02-09 10:59:13 AM  
Or, you could tell them to look it up, like my parents did. I didn't have no Google, either, it was the library or 20-year-old encyclopedias for us.
 
2018-02-09 10:59:32 AM  
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2018-02-09 11:03:17 AM  
https://youtu.be/fOAz3uCsS-E

Woody Guthrie has this.
 
2018-02-09 11:03:51 AM  
Are you kidding??? This is one of my favorite parts of parenting!

"How hot is the sun?"
"I'm not sure exactly. Let's look it up together."

"What's a barracuda?"
"A loooooong skinny fish with nasty teeth. Here's a picture; look at this thing! I'd hate to run into one of those in the ocean, wouldn't you?"

"Where's India?"
"Here it is on the globe, just south of China and Pakistan."

All from this week alone.
 
2018-02-09 11:04:05 AM  
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