You’ve heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question,” right? That may fly in middle school and high school, but does it apply to a toddler?
Let’s analyze some recent “Why?” questions I’ve been posed lately by Toddler, shall we? (Yes, I’ve noted that all three sentences so far in this post have been questions.)
- Why is this a monkey? [Toddler was pointing to a monkey.]
- Why will I be a girl tomorrow, too?
- Why is today Tuesday? [It was, indeed, a Tuesday.]
- Why are these my socks? [Toddler was putting on her socks.]
- Why is this green paper?
These are the questions that sometimes leave me agape, thinking, “How can I answer this creatively without just saying, ‘Because it is?‘” The answers are obvious to us parents; I can’t tell if my daughter doesn’t know the answer, is looking for a deeper explanation, or is just “filling space” by asking any old question.
Now let’s compare those questions to the more thought-provoking ones:
- Why does it rain?
- Why are rainbows different colors?
- Why does Dorothy want to go home?
- Why does the magnet stick to this metal thing?
- Why do I have skin all over me?
These are the questions I actually really like answering! I love learning new things or discussing books, and I can tell Toddler does, too. Of course, her attention span for the answers only lasts so long before she interrupts with, for example, “Look at my pretty leggings, mama!”
Just for kicks, a few days ago I decided to count up all the “Why” questions Toddler posed. Of course, day 1 was noticeably a light day – and the count was just 35. The next day was back to normal – a whopping 60! And that doesn’t even count the “Who?” “What?” “Where?” “When?” and “How?” questions … I’m scared to do a total tally.
It’s no wonder that some evenings I’m exhausted just from talking!
So back to the “stupid question” thing …. I’m not implying my toddler is stupid, but inwardly I laugh a bit at the quality of her questions and wonder what response she’d get if she were a decade or a decade and a half older.
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