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Posted on Jul 26, 2009 in Being A Dad | 1 comment

Why Ask Why? No Really, Why Are You Asking Me Why?

Aiden will be three years old next month, but he has now mastered the hallmark of the “terrible twos”: the WHY question.  It has become his new favorite word, coming in immediate response to anything that we say to him.

Tell him to do something and you get, “Why?” I very quickly resorted to “Because I said so,” but I know that this is a bad habit.  Chrissy, on the other hand, will play the game for a few turns, or at least until it gets ludicrous.

“Aiden, come back into the house.”

“Why?”

“Because you don’t have your shoes on.”

“Why?”

“Because you didn’t put them on before you went outside.”

“Why?”

The proper answer here is: “Because I’m a bad parent that lets you run outside without first putting on shoes, and why is the front door wide open?”  The actual answer is, “You just got out of the bath and you will get a beating if your feet get dirty.”

I toss the term “beating” around very loosely, but in our house this generally means “a stern staring at”.  Aiden is a good kid and knows when to back down from a stern staring.  We’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes for his reasoning skills to kick in.

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