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What should I do when my child asks me a question that I don't know the answer to?

My children are fond of asking me questions I don't have answers to. As we all know, children are inquisitive and they ask questions that are weird and most times don't have the answer. The other day, my child came home from school and asks me where babies come from. I don't know how to answer this question as I am surprised a 5-year-old can ask this kind of question. Most times he will be adamant about a reply and I will tell him to go and ask his mother. I want to ask what I do when my children are asking me questions I don't have the answer to.

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I think one of the best things to do when a child asks you a question that you don’t know is to give them tools to find the answers themselves. You could admit that you aren’t sure then suggest that you go to the library to find a book about it. Or make a big show of looking it up on your phone or laptop. Show them that it’s okay to not know everything and give them tools to find it themselves. Also, you can give them a really wordy response just to confuse them, when they ask where babies come from and other things like that.

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Say, “I don’t know. Let’s find out.” Then look it up online, or better yet, get some books on the topic to read to your child or have them read to you.

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