But Why?

Over the last few weeks you can see Little Zs thought process has been developing a lot more. You can now catch him pondering the answer and mulling it over before he replies. It’s amusing to see out of someone so young. “I think” and “because” now feature regularly at the start of his sentences. He also threw in the odd “why?”, just enough to go “ahhh that’s cute”.

But something’s changed over the last week. He is no longer pondering, no longer mulling the answers. He is now a little ticker tape of “But why??”, firing them out about a millisecond after I ask him to do something. I’m not sure I can even recall that much of our conversations at the end of the day anymore. All that is rattling around my head are the words “But why??”

The simplest of requests can lead us down a path that will have us examining universe, why it is there in the first place and the reason it exists. It is really draining!

Take, for instance, yesterday evening…

Me: “Come on, lets put your pjs on”
Little Z: “Why?”
Me: “Because its almost sleepy time”
Little Z: “But why?”
Me: “Because its night time”
Little Z: “Why?”
Me: “Errr…because the suns gone home now to sleep too”
Little Z: “Why?”
Me: “Because the moon is out now, you have to sleep when the moon comes out”
Little Z: “The moon?? Shall we get it?”

Lucky for me this broke the relentless “Why”-ing. He is a big the moon and regularly disappointed he never gets to see it with the summer days being so long. But you get the idea. This is now a regular feature in our house and the time it takes to complete toddler tasks has certain lengthened considerably.

These “why” conversations are leading to some strange conclusions. Some of other why conversations have ended up concluding in slightly bizarre territory.

Send help. Or a book of answers to toddler “why?” questions!

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46 thoughts on “But Why?”

  1. Why do they sat this? Why? Why?

    My standard answer is ‘because I said so’ – not terribly helpful (or effective) but an answer nonetheless!

    Or I start singing Why, why, why Delilah? Which is enough to stop anyone in their tracks…..;)

  2. Why why why???? Gaaaaaaaah!! The stage does pass but then, for us, came back with a vengeance at around 4!!! He still asks why after most things and it’s a real battle to bite my tongue and not scream “BECAUSE!!!”

  3. Why why why???? Gaaaaaaaah!! The stage does pass but then, for us, came back with a vengeance at around 4!!! He still asks why after most things and it’s a real battle to bite my tongue and not scream “BECAUSE!!!”

  4. Why why why???? Gaaaaaaaah!! The stage does pass but then, for us, came back with a vengeance at around 4!!! He still asks why after most things and it’s a real battle to bite my tongue and not scream “BECAUSE!!!”

  5. Ah he has started early or Aaron started late, as Aaron’s whys only started just as he was about to turn three.

    BUT he has been doing what, where, when and how, for ages. They were fine, as the answer always satisfied.

    BUT with the whys, he normally does about 3 in a row.

    WHY do they do this? Is it built into their DNA? Surely it simply MUST be? But why? 😉

    Liska xx

  6. Aww bless him with all his questions about bedtime. I say that knowing POD will be doing exactly the same thing in a month or so! Very funny – not for you maybe 🙂

  7. Hehehe! This brings back memories of when mine were little and after the 199th why resorting to ‘just because’ or’ it just is’ because I didn’t have the energy to keep going!

  8. It does pass but, good grief it’s annoying while it’s happening! It’s so hard not to reach the end of your knowledge/imagination/tether and say ‘just because’ !! But then sometimes the original questions are so clever and thoughtful that you don’t mind at all 🙂

  9. I have this ALL THE TIME from my four year old and his questions are getting harder and harder to answer. He literally talks from the minute he gets up to the minute he goes to bed and then he talks in his sleep!!

  10. It’s a living hell! We’re in the midst of it right now and it has me banging my head against the wall. I’ve started saying, ‘why do you think?’ and am enjoying the really elaborate and bizarre answers that he gives back.

  11. Well at the very least, he has a thirst for knowledge!!!!!!! Little A is all whys now too…. it’s utterly relentless – I try to answer the best I can BUT sometimes it can be so tiring (in a good way). X

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