I've always had this theory that parents should always answer their kids' questions unless they are super inappropriate. How will children learn if no one gives them answers? They are curious beings with thirsts for knowledge and answers to life's questions...
That being said, can I draw the line at 50 million questions a day? I heard a statistic on the radio (it was a trivia question) that asked what a 4 year old does X amount of times per day? (Couldn't remember the exact number.) Immediately I thought- ask questions! I didn't call in cause I was driving, but it was the right answer. I looked up the statistic and according to 10 Facts About.com, 4 year olds ask an average of 437 questions a day. I'm not sure how that's possible, but at times it feels like it. When I googled to find this answer, the top gazillion search results were "how many times a day does a 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old... ask questions?" So apparently it's a common theme. BUT, my 4 year old is for once not the child I'm referring to!!!
My 6 year old daughter has been driving me bat $hit with how many questions she asks me every day... all day... I can't take a step in any direction with her ask me about everything from "why do babies cry" to "what makes it so hot out" to "is there butter on this bread" to "can I go see if so and so is home?" It's not just questions about things she's curious about learning, it's questions about everything. Plus she's going through a stage where she argues with everything, so if she asks you something and doesn't like your response she will argue.
I'm sure it has something to do with not being at school during the summer and having nothing to stimulate her brain. I've told her a million times that she would know all these answers if she would read. Then she tells me she hates to read (which I don't get). But when she asks me how I know so much, I always say because I liked to read and I listened.
So, going against my beliefs, I've gotten to the point where I beg her to stop asking me so many questions. I feel bad, but really... her last question might be, "why did they put mommy in a straight jacket and to that building with padded walls?"