A father and his small daughter were out walking one afternoon when the youngster asked how the electricity went through the wires stretched between the telephone poles.
“Don’t know,” said the father. “Never knew much about electricity.”
A few blocks farther on the girl asked what caused lightning and thunder.
“To tell the truth,” said the father, ” I never exactly understood that myself.”
The girl continued to ask questions throughout the walk, none of which the father could explain. Finally, as they were nearing home, the girl asked, “Pop, I hope you don’t mind my asking so many questions….”
“Of course not,” replied the father. “How else are you going to learn?”
Sooner or later, of course, the girl will stop asking her father questions, and that will be unfortunate. Curiosity and the desire to learn should be encouraged and nurtured.
Parents who want their children to do well in their studies but who don’t respect learning are deluding themselves. Not many children will be motivated to do it on their own. Those who have stopped learning and growing, will find it difficult to inspire their children to do so, no matter how much they may pretend to encourage it.