Why is the sky blue? Kids' questions parents fear

Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:05am EST
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - They range from the easy, like "would a shark beat a dinosaur in a fight?" through the tricky, like "why is the sky blue?" to the near-impossible, such as "how much does the earth weigh?"

Kids bombard their parents with questions every day on all manner of subjects and now a survey has found the 10 most feared by the grown-ups.

Top of the list: "Why is the moon sometimes out in the day?

Others include: will we ever discover aliens? and how do airplanes stay in the air?

A quarter of British parents find themselves puzzled by their children's science and maths questions on a daily basis, the survey found.

Researchers found that 26 percent of parents think their children are more knowledgeable about maths and science than they are, with more than half of parents dreading questions about subjects they cannot answer correctly, leaving them frustrated and embarrassed.

The study found that a third of parents would actively research to find the answers, whilst many admit they either make up the answers or deflect the question onto their partner.

Polling 2,000 parents with children aged 5-16, it found that many parents believe their youngsters' curiosity for science and maths has been fuelled by educational TV programs.   Continued...

<p>A girl plays on a swing during the Hindu festival of Dasain in Kathmandu September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar</p>