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Just For Fun: How Many Questions Do Your Kids Ask in a Day?

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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The 390 Questions a Mom Gets Asked in a Day

by Julie Ryan Evans 22 hours ago

girlI knew my brain was drained at the end of a day of parenting two children for plenty of reasons, but I never considered just how much time and energy I put into answering their questions. Oh, I realized it was a lot, but I'd never considered the actual number of questions being fired at me.

A recent study did, however, and the findings are pretty astonishing. According to news.com.au, a study from online retailer Littlewoods surveyed 1,000 mothers with kids between 2-10. They found that moms get asked about 228 questions a day -- and that's just from one child. Four-year-old girls ask the most questions -- 390 per day, which amounts to more than one every minute they're awake!

Lucky me, I happen to have a 4-year-old girl, and while that number seemed high at first read, when I actually started thinking about, I started to wonder if it's really high enough.

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So for one day, I attempted to count and capture the questions my daughter asked. I lost track someone around 300, and there was still a large chunk of the day left. Here are some of them:

Do you have a snack?
Will you turn the music up?
Will you turn it down?
Do you have a snack?
Are you sure?
Can you just see?

Am I being sassy?
What's sassy?
Can I have a smoothie?
Can someone's hand get blended off in a blender?
Do I need two hands to do ballet?
When can I have a play date with Kelsey?

What's this? (Asked loudly during my son's crowded Jujitsu class. It was a tampon.)
Is there an "O" in Evans?
Is there an "O" in Claire?
Is there an "O" in Lila?
What if my name was Kai Kay Kydaho?
When I'm 5, will I be taller than Kelsey?
Why is the car wet?
What is dew?

Why is my window wet and Nolan's isn't?
Can you dry my window?
Can you get my princess thing?
Do I have to get four shots when I'm 5?
When am I going to be 5?

How long until January?
Was I patient?
Remember when I got that wristband?
What's moss?
What does "release the moss" mean?
Can I blow on your coffee?
What's an apartment?

Can we rent our house someday?
Why can't I lick people?
You wanna know something ... ? x 24

Why? x 100 (at least)
Can I have the iPad?

Will you open my yogurt?
Do I need to drink more water?
Am I a good teeth brusher?
Can I stay up for 5 more minutes?
Ten more minutes?

I won't keep going, but you get the gist -- and she's at school a big chunk of the day! Yes, it's great that they're inquisitive, and I know it's how they learn. I'm not complaining really, but damn, it's a LOT of questions!

Let's see, that's at least 390 plus another 200 or so from my son, and no wonder I can't remember my own name some days.

What other questions do your kids ask in a day?

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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

 Why do I have to do school work now? 

How come T (N, P, A or A) gets to  and I dont ?

Why is grass green?

Where is God?

How is God everywhere?

Is God lots of Gods so he can be everywhere?

How can he be one God and be everywhere?

Why do I have to clean the table?

Whats for breakfast (lunch or dinner)?

I get the Can I have a snack?  about a million times a day from each of the 5 kids I have daiy.

Where is Jupiter?

Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?

What did this dinosaur eat?

Can I get on ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy?  (yes the 3 youngest do say it just like that.)

Why cant I?

But Mommy I am not tired why do I need a nap?

Can we go to the.... (park, library, store, childrens science mueseum)?

Can I watch cyberchase?

Can I watch Bo on the Go?

Can we watch a documentary?

Mommy why are you happy I like documentaries?

Mommy how can that animal do that?

Mommy can I cook tonight?

Mommy can I water my garden yet?

Why only at naptime?

Is tonight movie night?

Can we have ice cream?

Mommy can you help me, I dont know what to do?

Auntie Debra what time is Mommy getting here?

Mommy can I watch Dora?

These are daily questions I answer.  I answer them daily and they still ask them about 10 million times.  I have a 7,6, 4,4 (niece), and 3 year old daily. 

Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Huh, I have the dullest, least curious children on the planet. For the life of me, I cannot remember my children ever being like this.It could be A) I can be quite chatty, maybe they couldn't get a word in edgewise or B) it was such a trying time that I have blocked it for my own mental health. Or C) and I just thought of this, we talked so much about so many different types of things, that they never had to ask.   Now, I do remember paying my youngest a dollar to shut up once. But I think he was telling the longest story known to man and it had no end.

debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

 I would be broke if everytime my kids, but most especially my niece got a dollar everytime thier stories took forever.  My niece talks non stop. The only time I do not hear her voice is when she is sleeping.

Quoting Leissaintexas:

Huh, I have the dullest, least curious children on the planet. For the life of me, I cannot remember my children ever being like this.It could be A) I can be quite chatty, maybe they couldn't get a word in edgewise or B) it was such a trying time that I have blocked it for my own mental health. Or C) and I just thought of this, we talked so much about so many different types of things, that they never had to ask.   Now, I do remember paying my youngest a dollar to shut up once. But I think he was telling the longest story known to man and it had no end.

 

motheroffour186
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM
I do not know i try to answer question with a question
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headingsouth13
by on Apr. 13, 2013 at 6:05 AM

 i honestly lost count david ask questions about everything and anything

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