what is the answer to WHY.......

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Jessica - posted on 08/13/2009

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i elaborate. ALWAYS.



why is a very legitimate question, and needs answers. if its a constant why to annoy you, then you have to explain that those whys have to stop because you dont know if its a real why or a playing why.



once that has been established and then he/she relaxes on the whys, you can work on giving actual answers. ive always given my DS answers to everything, why or no why, so he knows he'll get an answer. if theres a question he and i are stuck on... we turn to things like encylopedias, google, dictionaries.



GL... i know it can be frustrating, but theyre asking why for a reason

Heather - posted on 08/13/2009

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I always reply with "What do you think?" and then listen to their answer. You will learn a lot about your child and often what they really want is your attention.

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Morissa - posted on 08/16/2009

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I think kids these days are much smarter and open these days especially with so much modern technology. I do think though that the only answer for WHY is someone getting the answer that most satisfies they couriosity.

Ilene - posted on 08/16/2009

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If my son does this enough and it appears as though he is just trying to get me riled up I answer with "Z".

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2009

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There is no answer. Most kids seem to ask why after you have said they need to do something. This is a great way to begin a fight or just postpone doing what you have asked. I would suggest counting at the first 1 and if you hit 3 they can go to their room for a time out. After a few times they should stop asking why all the time. Of course if it seems like a real "wanting to know why" then answer them.

Claudia - posted on 08/14/2009

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The answer is because... I always give an explanation to my kids not matter how simple is. I think they have to learn the way we think to get the things done the way we expect.. It works good for us...even sometimes my oldest son explain things to his sister.

Melanie - posted on 08/13/2009

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My answer to too many why's - What/why do you think .......? They either enjoy being asked their opinion of they roll their eyes and say oh mum and walk off.



Throwing back the why question is a great way to improve their higher order thinking. It can also give you an interesting insight to the way they think about the world.



If you don't know the answer to a question you could always set up a 'date' to find out the answer together - either at the library or at home on the internet.

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2009

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I agree with Traci...it's completely normal!! Kids don't know the answer to things so they ask why. Try explaining stuff the best you can to them at their level, but when all else fails...it's just "because"!!!

They Call Me Mom! - posted on 08/13/2009

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It really depends on the situation. I will entertain a why or two, but when they are just simply looking to argue I cut it off and quietly walk away. I may reiterate what I initially told them, but nothing more.

Don't spend time arguing or lecturing. It only puts you in a power play with your child and no one wins.

Hang in there and stand firm when you need to.

Traci - posted on 08/13/2009

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I think it's just a normal thing that kids do. The way they learn is to ask questions to get an answer. Although it's annoying, it normal.

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