Me to Associate P: “It may not have been your first word, but if you keep it up WHY just might be your last!”
Just in the last few weeks, Associate P has begun asking “Why?” All. The. Time. I always thought people were exaggerating the extent to which kids ask “Why?” the way the exaggerate every other detail of their children’s lives….
“Johnny has THE BEST laugh”
“Susie is THE WORST eater”
“Bobby asks “Why?” ALL THE TIME”
See, it fits the hyperbole pattern parents use and abuse to describe their little ones. The problem is, this one isn’t hyperbole. when someone says their kid asks “Why?” after everything and repeats it on and on and on and on until the parent can no longer take it, they aren’t exaggerating!
So I suppose it is on us to figure out how to respond and make these truly teaching moments. Currently, I’m dabbling with trying to give honest answers and turn it around to him to make it a discussion. Sometimes I say “I don’t know” or ask him “Hmm, do you know?” A few times one or both of us will say, “I didn’t know that!” to which the other replies, “Yea! We learned something today!”
And often, after the 20th or 100th “Why?” I find myself using distraction to divert him to anything else.
Lots of good ideas in the comments of this babycenter post, “Why Does My Toddler Constantly Ask Why?”
Post a comment if you have a great idea on how to respond to “Why, Mommy?”