‘Why are we getting into the car?’ ‘Why are we going to the supermarket?’ ‘Why is all the food in tins?’ ‘Why is the sky blue?’ ‘Why does granny have wrinkles?’ Yep. You’ll know when you’re child hits the ‘why’ stage.
The problem is after the tenth question you may start to run out of patience, not to mention answers. But rather than simply hit back with a terse ‘Because!’ and crush your child’s inquisitive nature and thirst for knowledge, you can set boundaries. As a general rule, always answer her initial question and if the follow-up question involves more detail, continue explaining. Just don’t allow your child to continually ask empty ‘why’ questions. If this happens, turn the conversation around by asking your knee-high interrogator a few questions of your own, like ‘Well, why do you think that is?’ for example, or throwing in other ‘W’ questions – who, where, when? – on the same topic to add texture to the conversation.
Failing that, you could always suggest they ‘ask Daddy when he gets home’!