That time in your child’s life they start asking ‘why?’ To everything! B has just started this today!
This could go one of two ways:
- The most stressful time of your life so far
- A time to stop and think about why rather than just thinking ‘coz it does/is’.
Option 2 doesn’t come naturally, and I know in the future I will forget and become guilty of reverting to option 1. But if you pause momentarily you tend to be able to come up with a decent explanation and can broaden your child’s knowledge. If you don’t know the answer I suggest consulting google, it doesn’t matter that you don’t know, you’re human. Simply answer ‘oh I don’t know, I’ve never thought about that before let’s find out together’.
Granted this method may take a significant amount of time longer but overall should be less stressful in my opinion. Because let’s face it, when your getting wound up at the endless why questions, not much gets done anyway, you’re too busy getting stressed out and just wanting them to shut up! But by indulging them seriously and calmly for 5 minutes, it may just give them that little bit of what they needed; connection, information, entertainment, knowledge.
We take for granted what they are curious about so don’t understand the curiosity sometimes. But the more these little sponges we call brains can absorb the more they want to absorb, so turn everyday things into amazing lessons, for both of you.