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Kids Asking "Why?!"

The Curious Mind at Work

Why all the whys?!! It’s easy to think you’re being pranked by your own small child when the whys just. don’t. stop.

It’s easy to think you’re being pranked by your own small child when the whys just. don’t. stop.

Is this broken record ever going to end? YES. The shower of “whys” will slowly make its way back to a trickle. But for now we weather the storm and remember why the “whyness” exists. The “why” asking phase is actually an important part of child development. These seemingly never ending “whys” is our child’s way of expressing curiosity in their attempt to make sense of the world around them and it’s a practice in critical thinking. And they want to explore and connect with the people they trust the most, including you. Is it exhausting? YES. Are you crazy for feeling like you’re going crazy? NO. Try to remain calm, patient and help your child explore the topic more by asking them “why do you think x, y, and z?” Ask open-ended questions to help them work through their curiosity. And it’s okay to say “I don’t know” if you don’t. No one has all the answers, even parents don’t always know! For older kids asking “why,” consider investigating together. This empowers children and builds independence by learning how to ponder, communicate, and research to learn more. And your interest and enthusiasm goes a long way!


Try to have fun basking in your child’s curious mind. Why not? ;)


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