August 28, 2011

You've come a long way, baby!

Question

When my son was little, he never asked questions like, “Why is the sky blue?” All of his questions started with, “What if….”.

“What if the world stopped turning?”

“What if people could fly?”

“What if dogs could talk?”

“What if you could stop time?”

Every scenario I would come up with, whether it was realistic or far-fetched, would be countered by, “Ok, then what if..” Sometimes these conversations were amusing and sometimes they could get a bit frustrating. More than once, I had to remind myself that he wasn’t doing this to be annoying, he was just a really curious kid.

Now that he is 12, our “What if” conversations have evolved into, “Why do you think….”

“Why do you think we have microwaves that make things hot quickly, but we don’t have something like that to make things cold?”

“Why do you think all of the aliens in movies are more technologically advanced than we are? If there are other life forms, isn’t it possible that they could be like cavemen?”

I love seeing the gears turn in my son’s eyes when he talks about things like this. Imagination, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge are gifts that children are born with. Encourage them, and they will be traits they carry with them into adulthood.

 

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  • Ellndeanrn

    I agree 100%.

  • Ellndeanrn

    I agree 100%.

  • Anonymous

    So true

  • Anonymous

    So true

  • Christine

    Karen
    I agree.  I love living life through my 12 and 14 year olds mind.  They are really starting to challenge me intellectually and I love it.  Encourage your children to think out of the box and demonstrate to them every day how knowledge is power

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Absolutely!

  • Christine

    Karen
    I agree.  I love living life through my 12 and 14 year olds mind.  They are really starting to challenge me intellectually and I love it.  Encourage your children to think out of the box and demonstrate to them every day how knowledge is power

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Absolutely!

  • Liblon

    I enjoy reading about your family so much. Keep it up!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Awww thanks! :)

  • Liblon

    I enjoy reading about your family so much. Keep it up!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Awww thanks! :)

  • http://exotic1.blogspot.com Rhonda Martin

    He is a true thinker ~!  Who knows he may invent one of the most important inventions in the future. My 14yr old still ask some of those What if questions but not as often or as frequent as when he was 12yrs old. My oldest who is in his second year of college was always a “why is” ?  when he was little then turned to “What if” ? when he reached about 10yrs old. So my children were the opposite they “why” came first then the “what if”  lol  but it was never ending with my oldest son.

  • Carolyn

    Your son is very bright!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Carolyn! :)

  • Carolyn

    Your son is very bright!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Carolyn! :)

  • Ruthh

    my dad always said my first word wasn’t “no” like most kids, it was “why”. and look how i turned out, ha, ha, ha. i have always wanted to know why we do things, don’t tell me just to do it but if someone tells me why, i’ll gladly do it. we do have things to make stuff cold, it’s called a refrigerator! and it also makes ice. his curiosity will serve him well as he gets older. if he’s interested in science, buy him some kits. maybe he’ll discover a cure for cancer! if he likes to put things together, buy him an erector set. he can be an architect, an engineer, etc. the sky is the limit!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Right, I think he wants a gadget that can cool stuff down as fast as a microwave makes things hot. This was a question he posed after going out to the garage to grab a soda. ;) He loves building. He can put a 1,000 piece Lego set together in a day. 

      • Ruthh

        have you ever heard of “capsela toys”? you can build so much with it. one of the things, is a fan. that would cools things down. you can make a vacuum cleaner, etc. with his imagination, he can build so much stuff. they are really cool. i still have the ferris wheel my son built with the erecter set. it moves…

      • Bettye

        Karen,
        We have a gadget that you put ice cubes into and a can of soda or beer and it takes a minute for it to be really cold!  It’s great when you forget to put your soda in the fridge and want one right away…………..especially good for beer so you don’t have to add ice!!  ;-)

  • Ruthh

    my dad always said my first word wasn’t “no” like most kids, it was “why”. and look how i turned out, ha, ha, ha. i have always wanted to know why we do things, don’t tell me just to do it but if someone tells me why, i’ll gladly do it. we do have things to make stuff cold, it’s called a refrigerator! and it also makes ice. his curiosity will serve him well as he gets older. if he’s interested in science, buy him some kits. maybe he’ll discover a cure for cancer! if he likes to put things together, buy him an erector set. he can be an architect, an engineer, etc. the sky is the limit!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Right, I think he wants a gadget that can cool stuff down as fast as a microwave makes things hot. This was a question he posed after going out to the garage to grab a soda. ;) He loves building. He can put a 1,000 piece Lego set together in a day. 

      • Ruthh

        have you ever heard of “capsela toys”? you can build so much with it. one of the things, is a fan. that would cools things down. you can make a vacuum cleaner, etc. with his imagination, he can build so much stuff. they are really cool. i still have the ferris wheel my son built with the erecter set. it moves…

      • Bettye

        Karen,
        We have a gadget that you put ice cubes into and a can of soda or beer and it takes a minute for it to be really cold!  It’s great when you forget to put your soda in the fridge and want one right away…………..especially good for beer so you don’t have to add ice!!  ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/rose.taunton Rose Forguson Taunton

      Actually, there is such a thing as a “quick chiller” for sodas and wine. Check this version:  http://beta.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=72504
      There are others. :)

  • http://davidlew.is thedavidlewis

    The lack of a quick cooler is a great question. The alien one, on the other hand is easy: Aliens who have made it to Earth are far more technologically advanced than humans if they have made it here and we have not. In space, sometimes aliens are more advanced and sometimes we aren’t. It usually is dependent on who achieved interplanetary flight first.

  • http://davidlew.is thedavidlewis

    The lack of a quick cooler is a great question. The alien one, on the other hand is easy: Aliens who have made it to Earth are far more technologically advanced than humans if they have made it here and we have not. In space, sometimes aliens are more advanced and sometimes we aren’t. It usually is dependent on who achieved interplanetary flight first.

  • Harryc1

    A curious mind is a wonbderful thing!  Do you ever ask him what he thinks the answers are?  A great way to start a conversation with him would be to ask what the best question he asked in school today was.  Might be enlightening.  Can hardly wait to see what profession he enters.  He could discover . . . .

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, we have lots of interesting conversations and debates, sometimes. And if we ever need to find facts, the Internet comes in very handy! 

  • Harryc1

    A curious mind is a wonbderful thing!  Do you ever ask him what he thinks the answers are?  A great way to start a conversation with him would be to ask what the best question he asked in school today was.  Might be enlightening.  Can hardly wait to see what profession he enters.  He could discover . . . .

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, we have lots of interesting conversations and debates, sometimes. And if we ever need to find facts, the Internet comes in very handy! 


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