Wednesday, April 27, 2011


As the mother of a 2 1/2 year old, I get asked "Why?" about 140 times on a daily basis.  Look, don't get me wrong.  I'm delighted that she's inquisitive, and wants to know more about the world around her and how it works.  But after about the zillionth time, (confession time:) I just want to say, "Because mommy knows everything and you should just take my word for it."

I get that developmentally she's at the age where she just wants to know the reasoning behind things.  That's a good thing.  But it can wear on your nerves for sure.  For the most part, I try to be patient with her and explain how things are working or the reasoning behind what she's asking about.  But sometimes, just sometimes, "Why?" makes me want to hide in the corner for about 20 minutes to just chill out.

Oh, and also, I hear "Hey Mommy" about 9,000 times each day. 


  1. Have you tried returning the question? I mean if she says "Why?", ask her "Why do you think?".

    I don't know if it'll work for you but it was the only thing that prevented me from having to eat my own arm when my daughter passed through this stage.

  2. That's a good idea, Cat. I sometimes do that but usually just get more why's. I'm going to keep at it!

  3. Colleen, as a mother of three teenagers (well one is 21 now, but still lives at home) I can tell you this too shall pass. Make sure to make time for yourself, it helps. And I don't mean to scare you or anything, but someday you may look back and miss this days...

  4. Haha, enjoy it while it lasts. But the time they start getting older they know everything and like to think that they don't need you anymore.


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