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Quotations From RUTH FORMANEK

 

  • 1.
    Young children constantly invent new explanations to account for complex processes. And since their inventions change from week to week, furnishing the "correct" explanation is not quite so important as conveying a willingness to discuss the subject. Become an "askable parent."
    Ruth Formanek (20th century), clinical psychologist, educator, author, and Anita Gurian, clinical psychologist, educator, author. Why? Children's Questions, ch. 2 (1980).

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  • 2.
    Think of the child's question as the start of a two-way conversation rather than a question-and-answer session. Sometimes it may be necessary to learn what children think about the subject and what misconceptions they may have before providing an answer.
    Ruth Formanek (20th century), clinical psychologist, educator, author, and Anita Gurian, clinical psychologist, educator, author. Why? Children's Questions, introduction (1980).

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  • 3.
    Answering questions can be a responsibility. Children think that their parents have all the answers. In the words of one child, children are "whyers" and parents "becausers."
    Ruth Formanek (20th century), clinical psychologist, educator, author, and Anita Gurian, clinical psychologist, educator, author. Why? Children's Questions, introduction (1980).

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