As your child grows so too does their inquisitive mind. They’re eager to learn, eager to explore and seemingly, eager to drive you bonkers with non-stop questions.
You’d be hard pressed to find a parent who hasn’t been subjected to the barrage of ‘but why?’ questioning and it can really drive you to the edge.
Child: “Why do I have to have a shower?”
Me: “Because you are covered in sun cream.”
Me: “We put it on so you didn’t get sunburned at the park.”
Me: “Because that would hurt a lot!”
Once the ‘but why?’ stage is finished, be prepared for the kids to move on to the ‘how’ stage. Basically it never ends and why would you want it to? We need to remember that most of the time the constant questions are genuine attempts to gain more knowledge on a topic so responding with ‘Because I said so’ isn’t always the best approach. (I say ‘most’ because we all know that sometimes they just want to get on your nerves).
Here are some perfect solutions to the never ending ‘but why’ questions from your children:
1. Reverse the questions.
Instead of trying to come up with an answer for your child’s questions, flip it back on them. “You tell me why" is a great way to get kids thinking for themselves and analysing what they’ve asked. Kids love when parents are involved with their learning and asking them why they think something is the way it is can be a great way to open dialogue on a subject.
2. Get them to draw.
Drawing is a great way to get kids thinking about why things are the way they are, rather than just seek the answers from parents. If you child hits a ‘but why?’ road block, get them to put texta to paper to come up with some possible solutions. Doesn’t hurt that it also keeps them busy and quiet long enough for you to regain your composure.