What's that? Kids ask their parents 10,000 questions a year

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This will come as no surprise to many of you - but a UK survey has found kids ask their parents about 27 questions per day. This means you're providing close to a whopping 10,000 responses every single year.

Now, if you have more than one child that adds up to a ridiculous amount of questions. Take me, for example, I have three kids, so I'm being asked about 30,000 questions annually. I now understand why I struggle to get much else done – as I'm constantly answering queries.

And the question I get asked the most is - what's for dinner? Sometimes I get asked this same question six times a day, twice by each kid – once in the morning and once in the afternoon. It drives me mad. It's bad enough having to come up with meal ideas, let alone being asked constantly what I'm going to cook.

This is closely followed by - can I have something to eat and can I go on my iPad?

But then I get some really curly ones, which I have to turn to my trusty friend Google, like - what do you call a baby sloth or how far away is the moon?

And it seems I'm not alone in having major struggles responding to some of my kids more complex questions. About three quarters of the 1,500 parents surveyed, by the baby product company Munchkin, said they also often struggled to answer many of the questions asked by their curious kids.

Except it's not always possible to simply look at Google to answer questions, sometimes kids have a knack of asking you the most embarrassing questions at the most inappropriate times.

Like, when I was at the supermarket checkout and my youngest child saw a tampon in my handbag. She chose that moment to ask loudly – mum, why do you have your period in your bag?


Or when I was in the change rooms and another daughter asked – mum, what are all those lines all over your belly?

And the time I was in a busy public toilet and one of my girls yelled from a neighbouring cubicle – mum, are you doing a poo like me?

Or in a different public toilet, one of my daughters asked – mum, why is your vagina so hairy?

Then there's the most awkward question ever, before your children learn kindness and politeness and just say whatever comes into their head - why is that lady so fat?

At the time you just want the ground to swallow you up. You quietly whisper for them to be quiet or distract them with something else to stop them talking too loudly and you wait until a better time to respond. Because no matter how awkward, difficult or embarrassing the question – it's our job as parents to give them the answers and when they grow older teach them the skills to find out on their own.

Asking questions is the best way for kids to learn about the world, not just the facts or to be comfortable in their surroundings, but also to learn about diplomacy and privacy.

Asking questions is important and you should never shut them down. But far out, it can be tiring and really embarrassing.