When I would hear people complain about the “questions” stage with their kids, I thought they were being a bit “Debbie Downer” about it all. I mean, so what you hear the word “why” a million times a day. It’s how our kids learn, right? Right??!?!?!
In the beginning of my son’s “questions” phase, I was all good. I was downright perky about it all. Here I am, his mom,(cue angelic harps in the background) being blessed with the opportunity to shape his young mind, to help him navigate this world and be his tour guide. What an honor. What a privilege!!!
Then, the “why’s” just went on longer and longer. I’d answer, “I don’t know” when I was stumped. His response? “Why you don’t know Mommy?” “Well, because Mommy doesn’t know everything”, I’d say. That seemed to work…for a while.
Then, he caught me the other day. I was very tired. The Mister was out of town overnight and I was sick with some version of the flu. I was bringing my babies home from school and decided to stop to drop off some mail at the post office. My son had been going on and on and on with questions. I swear, he hadn’t stopped to take a breath from the moment he saw me.
Then, he kept asking me to open a toy he’d just got in his Halloween treat bag. Exhausted, I told him I couldn’t open it right now. “Why, Mommy?”, he’d say. I said, “I’m driving the car baby.” That worked a couple of times. Then, he asked again while I was stopped at the light. Again I said, “I can’t open it now.” Again he responded,”Why, Mommy?” “I’m driving the car”, I repeated. His response, “Not yet, Mommy. You’re not driving yet.”
Touche, kid! Argh, he got me! I guess I’m not driving yet since I’m stuck at the light.
Yes, I still think, here I am, his mom,(cue angelic harps in the background) being blessed with the opportunity to shape his young mind, to help him navigate this world and be his tour guide. What an honor. What a privilege!!!
I also think, sometimes Mom needs to be able to call in sick so she can’t be outsmarted by her nearly three year old.
Have you hit the questions phase yet? When does it end?
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