Mummy have you got a beard? And other questions from a 3 year old

As Little Z zooms towards turning 4 in less than 2 weeks I can very much already see what the next year is going to bring us. It is mostly going to consist of him questioning everything about his surroundings and correcting us each time we try to distract him with some very made up explanation. It’s started already and it’s like having a mini interrogation each time he opens his mouth to ask what seems like a very innocent sounding question. I think the only thing missing sometimes is the big flashing light in my eyes. I have occasionally been guilty of answering with “Ooh why don’t you ask Daddy?”. This does work, sometimes, but as most of our heart to hearts happen when we’re alone in the car there really is no escape.

Take for instance on one of our drives home:

Little Z: Mummy? Who made the trees?
Ahhh nice easy one…
Me: They grow from little seeds honey, they get all big and tall with lots of water.
Little Z: And who made the seeds?
Me: Well, the seeds come from the trees…
Little Z: But who made the trees??! Me: Ermmm.. Well, it’s like a circle… And..God made the trees.
Sounding satisfied, I could see him pondering something else.

Little Z: Who made the shops?
Me: Lots of people built the shops. They’re called builders.
Little Z: Builders? So God made the trees and people built the shops?
Me: Well….Yes, kind of.
Little Z: Who made the people?
Me: Would you like a Starburst?

After observing his Daddy trimming his beard a few times and whilst rifling through my toiletries bag…

Little Z: Mummy? Do you have a beard?
Feeling a bit horrified..
Me: Errrrmm No? Why?
Little Z: What’s that pink thing? [pointing to my razor].
Me: Ohhhh!!! Well, that’s Daddy’s razor.
Little Z: Shall I give it him back?
Me: Maybe later.

Little Z: Mummy? Why didn’t you take me to your wedding?
Me: Umm..because you weren’t born yet.
Little Z: I wasn’t born yet? Where was I?
Me: You were at nursery that day.
Little Z: I need to go to your wedding.
Me: Ok we’ll go tomorrow?
Little Z: Ok!

So yes, I do believe the 4s is going to be a very interesting year.


32 thoughts on “Mummy have you got a beard? And other questions from a 3 year old”

  1. Hahahaha love it!! Our Z is 6 next month and I would like to take the opportunity to reassure you that… THE QUESTIONS NEVER STOP!!!! My standard line is now “let’s Google that”. I swear Z thinks I’m a dunce and always asks why I didn’t learn it at school!
    This post really made me smile today, thank you x

  2. These made me laugh! Honestly, you’re on a hiding to nothing with these questions – and they start figuring out things so quickly at this age. Welcome to the fourties! I hope Little Z has a lovely birthday!

    Have a lovely festive period and holiday and I’ll see you again in the New Year! X
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  3. I have been known to resort to Starburst πŸ™‚ This is spot on, the wee girl is just starting to ask ‘how’, last night it was ‘how make it?’ the it being coffee?! She’s already got why sorted, and I am already being defeated and saying ‘because’! As the how’s start, I can see the next year of impossible questions beginning…
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  4. Oh my goodness, those sound like hard questions to answer! I think offering a Starburst was definitely the best way out! The question of where they were before they were born is a really difficult and I remember my kids getting quite upset at the thought they just didn’t exist!
    Even now I refer my kids to Daddy sometimes when their questions flummox me!
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  5. We are in the same place. It is by turns baffling and comical.
    “Mommy have you got a baby in your tummy?”
    “No”
    “Is it a pie?”
    Out of the mouth of babes!

  6. OMG, Little Z is N! There’s about 4 weeks between them in age, and we’re getting all the questions now…mostly about where he was years ago when we got married, were children, granny was a child. Just nuts. I’m running out of ways to explain that he wasn’t in my tummy at that stage because I hadn’t met Daddy yet. So funny how they don’t grasp this at all.
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  7. These are brilliant! One of my favourites was when I was pregnant with my youngest and his older brother looked as me as I ate my Cherrios and said, “Do the Cherrio’s fall on the baby?” That opened a whole can of worms!
    Your “have a Starburst” is so much better than “just because”. Just because never works.
    Now mine are older we have more “what if our life is just someone else’s PS game?” and “What is the whole point of life?” Real beauties!
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  8. Brilliant and so funny. I love that you offered a starburst to get out of that one. I need to learn that one quick! Hilarious don’t they leave us speechless sometimes? Thanks for lining up to Share With Me Happy Holidays #sharewithme
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