As a father of an amazing four-year-old boy, I often find myself having to answer a multitude of creative and ambiguous questions that at no other point in my life would I have thought I’d have to answer, much less answering someone who has only been using the toilet somewhat regularly for a little over a year.

My son: “Daddy, where does water come from?”

Me: “Good question son!” (I answer while panicked in a failed attempt to bide time and best think of a way to describe our planet’s hydrosphere. I can now say with 100 percent certainty that I know the real reason Google was created – parental ineptitude.)

Specific (and impossible) questions aside, there is an ever-present quest for knowledge and marvelous sense of curiosity that I see in my son, which I truly hope he never loses. As annoying as the often cited “Why?” question can seem when portrayed in the media by a stereotypically shrill-voiced, disdainful child, I find myself relishing in the fact that my wonderful boy comes to me for information and feels comfortable asking the “big” questions that perpetually keep me on my toes. I’ve grown to love his questions and found that, as is the case with most children, he has an overwhelming sense of well-intentioned curiosity that as adults, we tend to lose amid the various social pressures we face each day in an interconnected, all-knowing, fast paced world.

As adults, it’s difficult to find time to learn, and even harder to ask tough questions – particularly those which we “should” know the answer to (i.e. water origination). Various forms of media are constantly battling for our attention amidst everything else we’re tasked with juggling in a modern day world, and if you’re like me, you’ve somewhat settled for being distracted by and spoon-fed quick, safe, easy, palatable tidbits and headlines via social media – failing to dig deeper to uncover the truth behind the two or three-word scarehead.

This brings me to my point. As parents and adults, not only do we have a duty to help ensure our children receive the greatest education possible, but moreover, we ourselves need to embrace their inquisitiveness as our own. Ask the big, tough questions. The idea of lifelong learning isn’t a farfetched dream or idea that only academically superior people can and should pursue – it’s for all of us.  If we don’t grow, we shrink, and as with our children’s natural curiosity, we must fight to keep this very same behavior alive in ourselves. In our hyper-competitive workforce, those who don’t adapt or learn a new skill are branded as “antiquated” and discarded for not knowing or being willing to learn enough to keep their skills relevant. Stay relevant. Be willing and open to learning new things. Invest in your intellect. Most importantly though, take a page from our children’s playbook – question everything and look for answers everywhere.