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Character Strengths and Life Skills

What is curiosity?

Curiosity is having a strong desire to learn or know something. Folks who are curious often don't "need" the information they inquire about. They seek answers to their questions for the sake of gaining knowledge. Those who are curious may also actively seek out challenges and new experiences to broaden their horizons.

Curiosity is a key ingredient of learning. It leads to knowledge but also to the ability to make connections among various pieces of information. For parents of curious kids, it's less important to have the "right" answers and more important to create an environment where questioning -- and learning -- can occur.

You can help kids develop curiosity by encouraging questions, finding media that stimulates curiosity, and helping kids find credible sources to build their knowledge.