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The Why Button

May 28, 2008

When the Big One turned 3 last week, I thought {foolishly} that we had somehow escaped the “why” phase. You see, the Big One never really cared about the “why” of things. She instead was fixated on “What’s dat?” Everywhere we would go she would ask what it was that she was looking at. Even if she knew that it was a bird or a truck or a flower or Target, she would ask, “Mommy, what’s dat?”

Suddenly when she turned 3 years old and 5 days, someone pushed her “why” button and now it won’t stop. We have suffered through most other “terrible-two’s” I really was hopeful that the “why” thing would just skip over this house.

No such luck. I am such that yesterday alone, I heard “why” at least 432 times. It didn’t matter if she knew what the answer was or if there really was no answer, she continued to press on with her questions.

This problem has been around for all the ages. Anyone have any fantastically brilliant retorts? I have tried, “well, why do you think…” She just says “I don’t know” and moves on to another round.

Why, oh why, oh why……

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2008 8:05 am

    LOL My neighbor listened to a conversation between my oldest and me when she was about 3 years old. He later asked his wife why I could just tell her that she asks too many questions and to stop. I’ll never forget that. He said he was shocked at how many times a 3 year old can ask why, why, why, why…..

    Now she asks me more complicated why questions. Like why people behave certain ways…do bad things…how things work…why pluto is no longer a planet. I can’t answer these things!! I often find myself telling her we’ll need to look it up on the internet or that I just don’t know. She recently told me that I wasn’t too smart because I had to keep looking things up on the internet.

  2. May 28, 2008 2:04 pm

    My oldest just turned 3 on May 1st and he has had his why button pushed too. Along with his where button, who button, what button, and NO! button. Please someone tell me it could be worse?!? 🙂

  3. nothingfancy1 permalink
    June 4, 2008 4:50 am

    LOL!!! And I hate to say it. . . but 3 is most definitely worse than 2. Hang in there!

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