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I consider myself to be smart enough to get by: I studied hard and have a bunch of tertiary level qualifications to my name, I enjoy reading both recreationally and for research (albeit generally child related!), try and keep abreast of current news, and love learning about new things. However, as my darling son has just started asking “Why”, I am really finding out just how much I *don’t* know! I haven’t yet done the “Because I said so” defence, but it has come very close (especially after the sixth consecutive response to why he needs to eat all of his dinner)! Adding to the challenge is trying to think of terms and concepts that a 3.5 year old will understand!
“Eat your dinner “ “Why?” “So you will grow up to be big and strong!” (strike a pose and pretend to have big muscles)
“Please use your inside voice” “Why” “You are being very loud which will make Jack’s (our cat) head hurt and make him sad”
“Darling, please stop turning the light on and off” “Why” “Because you are going to break the light” “Why” “…(racks brain for electrical knowledge)…Um…because the light is getting tired…”


Posted by Sylverflame, 20th March 2015


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  • The questions are absolutely incessant sometimes.

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  • why mummy

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  • Haha don’t you just love the 500 questions before lunch!

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  • The “Why’s” do make you think doesn’t it? and you answer one “why” question and you know that will be followed by another “why”. So you always have to be ready to answer the “chains of whys” that are going to follow. But saying that I love how a child’s mind work, it is great how their brain work.

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  • This is a stage I’m not looking forward to lol

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  • But why? So many questions!

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  • YES! i know all about the chain why’s!

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  • Yet another test of a Mum’s knowledge, skills and patience – although now my boys are 10 and 13 years old that tables seems to have turned as they know everything (or believe they do anyway)

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  • Ooh, I like the way your mind works! Definitely something to keep in mind, and I will have to look out for those books :)

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  • I agree with MOM93821 yet again..Why!.. because she seems to be one smart MOM ..she has provided an excellent set of answers and solutions. :-)

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  • My answer to this horrible question usually ends up being because I said so

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  • Sometimes they just ask so many questions that you can’t think coherently anymore.

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  • Good answers! I don’t think the Why questions ever stop! Except now when my Miss 9.5 says it the answers are never good enough and the questions just keep coming but with attitude!


    • This age makes me laugh! The start of attitude and eye rolling! ;) Definitely the why’s become more complicated!

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  • That’s a great idea. Indeed, I think kids’ questions will create problems even to the most intelligent in the world! :-)

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  • Why? goes on forever! I still ask why? and question everything! I love inquisitive minds that ask lots of questions and sometimes you have to come up with the answers together. Sometimes you even have to research together to find the answers. Also; I invested in some great books on ‘How does it work?’, Why? books and other similar books. These books also encourage kids to find their own answers. Have fun answering the Why? questions! :)

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