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Why?

Any tips for handling this question from my almost 3 year old….over and over and over and over and OVER again/!

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  1. BECAUSE I SAID SO!! Or JUST BECAUSE! I don’t really have an good tips but these are usually my responses. 🙂

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    1. I said “Because I said so” the other day and cringed! lol

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  2. Oh man, that question will drive you crazy! I agree with Melissa, “because I said so” seems to work most of the time.

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  3. Ha! Our little super sponges can really be exhausting sometimes and at almost three their non-stop questions come from two sources of motivation 1. attention seeking and 2. mastery of language. Both are super cool developmental milestones. They finally understand that to get your attention they can TALK to you! When you can , answer the questions. When you cannot, offer a simple “One minute sweetie, mama is THINKING and needs to be QUIET while she thinks.” It’s an honest answer and begins to teach the slightest bit of tolerance to delay that is so hard for toddlers. When you do chat, look right into their eyes so they KNOW you are paying attention.

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    1. Great advice. We are not there yet but good to know 🙂

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    2. This is AWESOME advice, thanks. Totally doing this!

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    3. I totally agree Dr. Sara! Always responding with “Because I said so!” teaches a child to not be inquisitive and that his or her questions are not important. I have found another nice way to answer this is by saying, “Why do you think?” or something similar because they will start to reason through it on their own, and to see them make those connections is awesome! If it’s a “Why” that I just answered an hour ago, I might also say, “I know I just explained that to you – can you remember what I said?” They truly are sponges who want to learn how the world works. However, “Because I said so” is totally legitimate when it’s an hour past bedtime or it’s the 100th time they’ve asked you the same question that day 😉

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      1. I remember growing up my dad used to always say, “Well let’s find out why” and grab either the encyclopedia or dictionary or something. It used to make me so mad b/c I just wanted him to tell me! HA! Looking back I realize he was helping me through the process of figuring things out for myself. I hope I can have the patience to do this with my daughter, although now you can just go to google and look on your phone. I still bought my daughter a set of Childcraft Children’s encyclopedia’s to use when she gets old enough. I spent hours in those books, and most of it is still relevant today.

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