I 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?
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 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.
Do you think your children ask more or fewer questions than this?
Image via Julie Ryan Evans