Are you the fountain of all knowledge?

Are you the fountain of all knowledge?

Mum, who invented water? ”

Ummm, God? I’m not sure. It’s always been here I guess.” Was my attempt at an answer.

I know who invented the telephone but I don’t know who invented water.” Tween carried on.

It was early Sunday morning and my brain power hadn’t quite kicked in, but I know conversations like this will soon be over so I tried my hardest to summon a reply. I love that my kids think I’m the fountain of all knowledge (most of the time.)

Usually, when I’m confronted with a random question like this, I secretly consult with my mate Google, but on this occasion I worried about just how philosophical any internet research would get, I had an inkling it wasn’t going to be a 3 line answer, and I didn’t have time to whittle it down to a reply he would understand, so I went with the fob off.

Even after all these years I’m still trying to judge just how much detail do you go into? The questions sometimes come in so thick and fast that as I’m trying to work out a response, he’s onto the next. Just today  I’ve been asked “when does puberty start?”  “what the weather will be like next Tuesday?” and “do trains crash?”

All this when on a good day I can’t even go upstairs without forgetting what I came up for.

I try as hard as I can to answer and educate my boys but sometimes, just sometimes, I have neither the will or ability to debate an answer. I know that children have a thirst for knowledge and as his first educator, there are so many opportunities to teach,  but how the chuff do you answer ALL the questions without loosing their respect or shattering their illusion that you know EVERYTHING?

I’m not complaining, I have a teenager who already thinks I’m are so old / so out of date / so last week, I know nothing. So I love that my Tween comes to me first with his questions. But the older he gets, I’m fast losing the ability to fob him off while clinging onto my oracle status, with each question that privilege is slipping away.

especially with feeble answers like, “well I guess it’s always been there.”





  1. 20th July 2015 / 8:49 am

    My 4yr old is always baffling me with questions! Good help me when she is a teenager! I’m going for the honest approach but sometimes very tricky!!! #magicmoments

    • 20th July 2015 / 7:51 pm

      I try to be as honest as possible and it’s lovely finding out how they see things. It’s just crazy some of the conversations we have sometime

  2. 20th July 2015 / 9:11 am

    My daughter who is now 29 used to ask me endless questions. At the time I often gave really stupid answers if she got me on the fly so to speak lol. I guess its part of the learning curve. Great pictures he is going to have the girls flocking when he is older lol

  3. 20th July 2015 / 8:10 pm

    haha blimey there are some questions you just can’t answer aren’t there! Love the inquisitive minds of kids thouhg, thanks for lining with #MaternityMondays

    • 21st July 2015 / 1:25 pm

      I really worry whats going to out of his mouth though sometimes, the things i get asked sometimes are just surreal!

  4. 21st July 2015 / 10:03 am

    My 3 year old asks a hundred questions a day! I wish I had the answer to all but I sometimes find myself saying “I don’t know” and he says “Oh, you don’t know mama?” I’m sure he’ll soon realise that mama doesn’t have all the answers…until then I’ll keep trying. #thetruthabout

    • 21st July 2015 / 1:22 pm

      It’s hard isn’t it. You want to be able to answer everything but I don’t want to lie if I don’t know the answer either.

  5. Mim
    21st July 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Oh I dread the day my kids ask the Big Questions – I’m scared they’ll think I’m a dummy! Mim x #twinklytuesday

    • 21st July 2015 / 10:35 pm

      That’s exactly what worries me, although I was shocked at their surprise that I went to a grammar school do they obviously don’t think I’m that clever!

  6. 21st July 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Funnily enough I had this conversation with my hubby the other day . He thinks we should appear to know everything, but I’m with you. Sometimes we just don’t and will have to consult with Google. Your boys sound lovely Ali xx
    PS – I’m forever going upstairs and forgetting why 😉

    • 21st July 2015 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s hard keeping up with everything they ask. Luckily they know there’s no point asking me anything about music, in so out of touch there, they go straight to dad!

  7. 22nd July 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Got to love it when they start asking questions you have no answer for! I like to turn it around and say, “I don’t know. You should look that up!”


    • 22nd July 2015 / 9:59 pm

      When I’m really stuck I just ask him what he thinks, most of the time he has his own answers anyway!

  8. 22nd July 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I seem to forever be saying “I don’t know the answer to that” but I think if I was asked who invented water I would probably try and explain that water isn’t something which was invented – not having sprung from an idea in someone’s head. That’s not so easy though is it? I’m sure that would lead to a string more questions! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout Ali X

    • 23rd July 2015 / 9:03 am

      That’s a much better explanation! I’ve lost the ability to think on my feet and sometimes end up giving too deep an explanation

  9. 25th July 2015 / 12:29 pm

    I absolutely loved reading this – quite poignant too in that I have a 9 year old who does still credit me with ‘Oracle’ status and reading this made me realise that I will not always wear that crown. I shall wear it more wisely.!

    I’ve also found your blog comforting as I’ve quite often thought “blimey I should know that” and my default answer is let’s look that up later . It is at this point that I would contact your mate, Google whilst berating my lack of scientific knowledge! Ha, not any more – I’m going to blag it, safe in the knowledge that I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself !

    Thank you for making my day. I shall now walk along with a spring in my step, feeling clever enough to tackle any questions that present themselves.

    Brilliant read

    PS can’t believe you don’t know where water comes from ?

    • 25th July 2015 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you Nicky, glad to make you feel so positive. In hindsight I should have started a conversation about precipitation but in all honesty I couldn’t be arsed and I knew he’d be on to his next question soon!

  10. 27th July 2015 / 2:34 am

    I’ve taken a different approach with my girls. I confess when I don’t know things because I want them to realize that it’s okay not to know. I was very much a know-it-all, and it was very unsettling to discover that some answers simply aren’t known to humanity yet. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 27th July 2015 / 7:20 am

      I had to start doing that with my teenager as we’ve got to the point where he knows more than me!

  11. Adventures of a Novice Mum
    27th July 2015 / 8:33 am

    Really lovely pictures; love the dreamy quality about them.

    Oh the questions, mine is yet to start but I know it’s only a matter of time as his communication develops. One thing I’m glad I came across are THUNKS and I’m planning to milk them for all they are worth when the questions start. I was a very questioning child and I think I’ might have produced one :-). So, I’ve decided we’ll start off with him knowing we’re not the fount of all knowledge, when he starts questioning. And instead, normalise questions without answers and the pleasure of thinking through them together. That’s where THUNKS and Philosophy for Children comes in. All the best as you wade through the questions road. #MaternityMonday

    • 27th July 2015 / 1:56 pm

      That sounds so interesting, I’ll have to have a look into Thunks. I was a questioning child too and luckily had a very patient dad who always tried to answer me.

  12. 31st July 2015 / 2:37 pm

    I love the way children’s minds work too. Sometimes I feel like I should know the answer, often I am just baffled by their imagination. Yesterday I was asked “Mummy, if a tractor and a cloud had an arm wrestle, who would win?” 🙂

    • 10th August 2015 / 5:14 am

      oh I love that! they do come up with the most random things don’t they.

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