Have you ever been in a car with a 5 year old who can’t stop asking, “Why?” I have . . . with three kids at once!
Parents often ask me why their kids ask “why” all the time. That’s a great question! Let me first say that I would be concerned if they did NOT ask you “why” questions. That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it’s true! Pat yourself on the back if they are bombarding you with questions. When kids are raised in a environments where they are encouraged to express themselves without fear or shame, they let their natural curiosity shine. This manifests in the form of wanting to KNOW everything and anything about the world that comes to mind. So they ask, ”Why?”
Here are some examples of typical young childhood ‘why questions’ that you may have heard from your kids:
Why is that girl crying?
Why do I have to wear a seatbelt?
Why do we brush our teeth so much?
Why can’t I stay up late?
Why does Joey get to go and I don’t?
Why do I have to pick up my clothes?
Why is he barking?
Why can’t I have more?
Why do babies cry?
Kids want to know WHY things are the way they are! If we view their ‘why’ questions as welcome “teachable minutes,” then we find the patience to stop answer all questions so that kids understand. Often times, their ‘why’ questions will be repeated and we will need to repeat the answer, time and time again. Keep at it. They are thinking!
Once kids understand the ‘why’ of things, they move on to internalize the way things work, but we never truly want them to evenr stop asking “why” . . .
Why would we?!
What kinds of questions do your kids ask?
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Dr. Connie Hebert is dedicated to catching kids in motivating, engaging, and effective ways. She is the author of Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Writer, Catch a Falling Teacher, Sight Word Phrases, and a new book for parents: The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids. More information at: http://www.theteachableminute.com