How to explain her

India
August 31, 2011 4:06am CST
My granddaughter Subhee is going school regularly, she is intelligent no doubt, she sits near me most of the time, keeps chattering and asks so many questions. Right now she is here, saw 2 house lizards walking on the ceiling, she calls them-‘BUII’ means insect. Her question is, how they can walk ‘upside down’; why can’t she walk? I answered, d they have sharp nails in their 4 legs, with which they hold the ceiling and walk. You are a good girl, you have no sharp nails, and I trim them every Sunday. [b]I can’t tell her about claws, pads on legs of lizards, she won’t understand and will fire me with more questions Seems she is not fully convinced with my answer, she is asking my wife and her mom. Can you suggest any other answer? Please share your answers and comment on this. Thanks in advance.[/b] Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .31/8/2011
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@owlwings (38272)
• Cambridge, England
31 Aug 11
I don't know how you can explain better than you have, Professor. Children don't ask questions only to understand reasons or to gain information. They ask questions also because they want to say 'Isn't that marvellous and amazing!' or because they want to understand that grown-ups see things the way they see them. Sometimes the answers we give them will generate a whole lot more questions and sometimes we are very much at a loss to give an adequate answer. We should never be afraid to say "I don't know!" but we should always add "... Let's find out together!" To a child, many things are simply amazing and incomprehensible and they not only want to know 'Why?' or 'How?' but, more often, they are really seeking for pieces to fit into this incredible jigsaw puzzle we call 'life' and confirmation that their experience is shared and that they are part of the same world as us. Take a lesson from little children: Never stop answering (or asking) questions yourself! This is the way that we can all be alive and keep young.
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• United States
1 Sep 11
Hello Papa! Oh gosh your Subhee sounds so cute! I do remember her photo. She is like most children today. They asks question after question and never seem to really get the answer they are looking for. I think it is just a way for attention, because they enjoy our presence. My children were the same and we must not be afraid to tell them what we know, with reason of course. But as Owlwings stated do not be afraid to tell her that you and she can learn further and go on the net and research a little with her. This helped me too when mine were small so they knew that although I knew a great deal that we and they will never be too old to learn. Plus it made for a good time, together trying to figure things out. Have a wonderful night.
@celticeagle (114347)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Aug 11
They have suction cups on their feet and can stick to the ceiling using them. Sharp nails? How would that work? they would be having from their nails then wouldn't they? THose littel suctions cups work best when heated up too. They get alittle sticky that way and stick better. Hehehe
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
31 Aug 11
Hello Professor. Sometimes it is not easy to satisfy a child's curiosity even if you have made a clear explanation because children love to think in their own way. But they might figure it out themselves as time goes on. Have a good day.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
hi professor, i wouldnt explain scientific reasoning to a child, she would not understand and it is going to be boring for her. i would say that God made it walk on ceilings like they have magnets on their feet and would not fall. Because if they walk on the road or on the floor, people will step on them or they be ran over by vehicles because they are so small and God doesnt want them to die like that. do you think subhee will like the answer? ann
• India
31 Aug 11
i think it's common for a child to ask questions like that,because at the time of thier age they have naive attitude.Mr.professor tell ur granddaughter that it's a gift for some of the repitiles by nature, they have hair like particles on their legs which creates vaccum and hold to the wall
@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 11
I can't explain it better than you. Kids are always inquisitive and their never ending 'whys' sometimes give us hard time explaining to them. They have sharp memories too and our answers must be accurate to all their questions as they will always remember what they were told.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Aug 11
I would tell her along with those sharp nails they have a special pad on their feet that helps them to walk upside down, sort of like spiderman. Something that we as humans don't have.
@sunita64 (6474)
• India
31 Aug 11
I feel there are many encyclopedia available for children which answers the curiosities of children. That way children also develop reading habits which children of today are losing as there is too much exposure of TV and other things.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
31 Aug 11
I love animals and, as a child, I must have been a disaster to my parents. But this "why can lizards walk upside down?" question escaped me. So I had to find the answer myself, now that you raised the question. Here's a scientifical explanation: [i]"Gecko lizards can walk across a ceiling upside-down, thanks to invisible hairs on the soles of their feet. Now scientists have learned the hairs get even stickier with an increase in humidity. The foot of a gecko is covered with about a billion tiny hairs called spatulae. Each is some 200 nanometers in length and width. A human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide. The hairs are so small they wedge between the atoms of a surface and form molecular bonds with the wall or ceiling, putting the gecko in direct contact with its environment. Up to 1,000 spatulae are arranged into groups called setae that are about one-tenth the diameter of a human hair. Setae are in turn arranged in rows, which are visible to the naked eye."[/i] (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,175181,00.html#ixzz1WbwwUtrf) I think you should be prepared for the next question of Subhee that could be "how come the flies can walk on the ceiling?"
• United States
31 Aug 11
There are likely a number of videos online about lizards. I would let her watch a couple of the better ones so that she can learn more about lizards (which are actually quite plentiful around here).
@vikas121 (296)
31 Aug 11
I read somewhere "why lizards can walk through ceiling and walls?" I exactly can't remember the answer but its something like this "The lower part or the abdominal part of lizards create vacuum between ceilings and its body. This vacuum works like glue for lizard." I think I am not 100% right but the basic reason is somewhat like this.
@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
dear dada, I can't help to laugh while reading this topic and I can imagine how does shubee looked at you while you are explaining things at her. You can simply search for a lizard's photo and explain to her that lizard's feet has those spikes that able them to walk and stick on ceilings and walls. I am thinking, if you're going to tell her that lizard's feet has something like glue or paste that made them stick on walls, maybe shubee will try to put some glue and paste on her palms and feet and try sticking herself on the walls (hahaha) Hugs to you,maa and shubee dada... daughter, jaiho®