why?

@kaevielf (246)
China
March 21, 2007 10:33pm CST
Every other word out of my 2 year old daughter's mouth is,"why?" She asks it even when I'am absolutely sure she knows why. Please tell me why?
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
22 Mar 07
LOL...Now you're the one asking why. :) Children do this for a few reasons. Mainly it's curiosity, and seeking answers to things. Another reason is that you may think they fully understand, but there are questions in their mind about the subject that they just may not be able to articulate yet. Another reason may be just wanting attention, and even negative attention is attention. Do not squash her questioning!!! Explain it to her. If you have already explained it, then ask her to explain it back to you and tell her that you've already explained it. Or, you can ask "Why do you think?" Good luck!
@rainbow (6763)
22 Mar 07
I'm with quartelmon on this one, she is trying to learn, and may not remember the last eplanation or may need more, constantly asking why even after an answer can get us more information, especially as she may not have the vocabulary she needs to ask you. It can be a quite amusing game, if you have told her something several times, she has a sense of security that your answer will be the same which reinforces her understanding.
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@kaevielf (246)
• China
24 Apr 07
Yes, you're right. Children are very curious about everything around them. They are very observant and imitative,too. I will consider your very good suggestion,my friend. Good luck to you, too.
• Netherlands
21 Apr 07
Well, don't worry about it...it's a period/phase of certain ages. I remember when my daughter 2 years old she also asked the same question "why", and when she was 3 years old she started asking "what is this/ what is that" and now she's 4 years old and she things she knows everything....
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@kaevielf (246)
• China
24 Apr 07
I have a daughter as well and I feel she's growing so fast and it makes me feel she's going to leave me so soon (go to school,live in a school dormitory,get married). I just want to be with her for the rest of my life. I think I'm being irrational,hehe. I just love my daughter so much. Anyway, thanks for your reply, my friend.
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• Singapore
25 Mar 07
my son always ask "why" also. I can be answering the same qn over and over again. So to know whether he really don't know or jus wanna ask, if he repeats "why" over the same thing many times, I'll reply that I don't know and ask him to tell me the answer instead. And if he cannot answer then I'll explain again. I guess it is kid's curiousity that causes them to ask "why" all the time.
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@kaevielf (246)
• China
24 Apr 07
That's one good answer, too, bargain_hideout. Thanks.
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@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I agree with everyone else. It is a normal thing for a 2 year old to ask why about everything and anything. Their memory is not the greatest yet so many times they truly don't remember that they just asked you the same question 3 hours ago. Go with it and enjoy it because soon enough they won't be asking you anything. Asking these questions over and over again is their way of learning at that age. I think you should promote this behavior. turn it into a game, come up with your own why questions and help her answer them. This is your time to help define how she will learn later on in life. take pride each time she asks why. I think a person should never stop asking why. I understand how you feel because I feel the same way about my daughter. She is growing way too fast. It seems like just yesterday i was going through the Why phase and now she is 9. I don't ever want her to leave me, but I know that she must someday. I have got it stuck in her head that she will always be my baby even when she is no longer a baby. I started telling her that almost as soon as she was born. Just enjoy every minute, even the ones that are annoying to you because they will be gone someday.
@kaevielf (246)
• China
24 Apr 07
Wow! That's very touching, sunnypub. Thanks a lot. I can see that you are a wonderful parent.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Kids are adorable but some times they drive you nuts. Asking why is very normal and she will be asking it for sometime. 2 year olds have a very short attention span. it's the same reason that they like to watch the same movie or tv program over and over until you want to scream. The more something is repeated to them the better they remember. Sometimes I think they do it because they like the attention and they like to hear mommies voice. Enjoy each stage of her life because these stages go by very fast