Since when did “I don’t know” become a standard answer for everything? When I ask my kids a question and they don’t want to be bothered, the response is always IDK. “What did you have for lunch?” IDK. “What time is it?” IDK. “Did you brush your teeth?” IDK. “Do you need any money?” IDK… wait, what did you say? Selective hearing is big in my household.
Sometimes I view IDK as a form of laziness. If you truly don’t know the answer to a question, Siri and the internet are there to assist. In my day, we had to haul out the Britannica Encyclopedias. Spell check wasn’t around either so the Webster dictionary was always on my desk during homework hours. Now, the answer to ANYTHING is literally at your fingertips. Kids These Days have it so easy.
Don’t ask the question if you don’t want to hear the answer
When Samantha and I started Kids These Days, we were confident in our strengths to get us going. Sam’s expertise is in merchandising and operations while mine is in design and marketing. Combined, you would think we had it covered; but the real education came from speaking with moms and their kids. We asked them tough questions about our designs and listened carefully to their comments. Occasionally, we were disappointed that they didn’t like a photo or trim fabric that we had picked out, but we listened. We know we can’t please everyone all the time, but we’ll take most of the time as a win.
Next time you ask your kids a question and they answer with the dreaded IDK, hit them with this Mommalie.
“I don’t know is NOT an answer”
Unless, of course, someone is asking them how old their mommy is.