Study Says Kids Ask an Average of 73 Questions a Day

posted: 12/18/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Confused boy thinking with question mark on sticky note on forehead

While it may seem like your kids ask at least a million questions a day, scientist are saying that the number is actually much lower, around 73 questions. Even though that number seems a lot easier to handle each day, turns out mother might not know best. Researchers are also say that parents struggle to answer at least half of the questions our kids ask daily. So much for "Go ask your Mother" or "Go ask your Father."

According to the new study, over 1,500 parents were polled to find what are some of the most difficult topics children want to know about and how do parents deal with those topics. Researchers say that on average, kids are asking 73 questions a day, and for most parents, Google is their trusted source for all the really tough questions.

"As children grow up it's natural to be curious about the world around them," said Dr. Sam Wass in a press release. "As parents it's easy to forget just how much of our children's knowledge comes from what we tell them."

According to the study, the endless who, what, when, where and why questions start for boys and girls around the age of four and usually it's dad that is getting those hard questions. But mom isn't getting off easy. She still gets around 413 questions a week.

Parents' reactions to all of these questions were mixed. Almost one third of the parents polled said the constant questions are exhausting. However, four in ten say their child's interest in the world around them made them proud parents.

While some questions are quick and easy to answer, here's the top ten hardest questions kids ask their parents, according to the study.

  1. Why do people die?
  2. Where did I come from?
  3. What is God?
  4. How was I made?
  5. What does "we can't afford it" mean?
  6. Is Santa Claus real?
  7. Why do I have to go to school?
  8. When you die who will I live with?
  9. Why is the sky blue?
  10. Why can't I stay up as late as you?


While we may not have the answers to all of our kids questions, if you don't have the answer, you can tell them to ask again tomorrow--because we know they will.