How do you deal with a 2 year old that asks the same question over and over?

United States
July 18, 2008 9:09am CST
I do not have any children. I have always gotten along with children, and all of my nieces and nephews have, luckily, been good kids. But now, my mom is babysitting a two year old. She drives me crazy. She asks me the same question over and over again, no matter how many times I already answered her. For example, I was cooking an omelette. She asked me "why do you cook an omelette?" and I told her I was hungry. She went on "why do you cook an omelette" and I repeated that I was hungry. She just kept asking me over and over why I cooked an omelette. How am I supposed to deal with her? It wasn't just that question, it is constant, on everything we ever talk about. It's frustrating. I have never been so frustrated with a child before but I just don't know what else to do. I keep telling her the more she asks me, the more I'm going to ignore her. I don't want to be rude, but I can't get anything done or finish a conversation because she is constantly asking me the same question. I wouldn't mind it so much if she was just asking different questions, but the same one bothers me.
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@spalladino (17924)
• United States
18 Jul 08
At two this little girl is just learning to put words together into sentences and she is also learning about conversation. As it is with anything else, every new skill a young child learns will be practiced over and over again. She's not trying to irritate you, she's just not very good at conversation yet and has no life experiences or opinions to share...so she asks. Instead of answering the same question over and over why not try changing the subject or asking her a question in return...something that she would know the answer to, like what do you like for breakfast? Something like that. You can also expect her to follow you around...that's just how they are at that age.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Thank you, I never really thought of it that way but it is a very interesting point. She does follow me around, constantly, but that is something I'm used to. All of my nieces and nephews did that. I was the youngest one in the family, so I am not really used to having someone younger than me around for this long. My nieces and nephews would only drop by from time to time.
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@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
18 Jul 08
hahaha..May be the child is a scientist in the making...and one day after winning the Noble prize he will acknowledge the patience ur showing now.Good Luck..I can wish u anything else..lol.
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@Amanda81587 (3046)
• United States
18 Jul 08
LOL you give them the same answer over and over again!
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