12-20-2006, 09:31 AM
The Why Zone.
Yes ladies, we have officially entered the "why" phase at my house. I really noticed it yesterday but hoped it was just a coinsidence and not the official enterance into this phase, however every other word out of her mouth is "why".
How did you deal with this phase? How did you get the never ending cycle to end?
I want to answer her questions, but I don't want to keep going forever.
Thanks for any imput. Melanie
12-20-2006, 12:49 PM
Why do you want to know?
Sorry...just had to be silly :wink:
12-20-2006, 01:52 PM
I posted about this a couple of months ago, I think. My daughter is in that phase right now. It gets majorly annoying but I keep telling myself that she is just trying to learn. I try to answer her questions to my best ability but when it gets to be too much I just say, "Honey, you are asking too many questions and mommy needs a break right now." Seriously, we all need "mommy breaks", right? But if it it is a question that I am just not sure how to answer I say "because that is the way God made it" and that is usually good enough.
Now there are times when she asks the same question after I have already given a sufficient answer. I tell her that she is being disrespectful and that I've already answered her question. Sometimes I think they just get carried away with themselves. LOL
12-20-2006, 03:53 PM
Becca - I went back and looked at your post...I should have started there I guess....
Anyway, how I have gotten through the day so far is that if she asks me once I answer her, if she asks me the same question I repeat my answer and then say, "That's the end of it." and that seems to work today. If she asks me a different why, then I try to answer that one but not the same one.
I never saw it as being disrespectful but inquisitive, it gives things a different perspective for sure.
I try to give a thorough answer the first time. The second time I give a small answer and the third time I just tell ds that I'm not going to answer any more questions at the moment, but I'm glad he's noticing things in the world God made and I'll be happy to answer some more later.
If I'm feeling really lazy or I'm busy I'll tell him to come back in 10 minutes and ask me (and he usually forgets).
If it's the same exact question, I'll say I just told him and I say it again and make him repeat it to me.
Pretty soon the questions will get a little deeper and you'll have an easier time having those conversations. I think it's good to keep that open flow of communication.
12-22-2006, 01:32 PM
Lol, thanks for giving me a strategy for dealing with "What's that?", NZMummy! I was just reading this post for future reference, since we're in the WT stage right now. Glad I read it now! Your post may help!