My oldest daughter, Child A, has reached the age of “Why?”
“It’s dinner time, Bugaboo. Please go to the table.”
“Because that’s where we eat dinner.”
“So Cole won’t eat our food if we tried eating it on the ground.”
“Because he’ll eat anything he can get his doggy mouth around.”
And so on. It is a trying time. But Child A has always been inquisitive. Her first words were not Mama or Dada. They were “What’s that?”
But now she isn’t satisfied with identification. She needs motive. She knows what things are, but not why they are. And I am torn by the desire to educate her and the desire to not have to question the why of every little thing then explain it in terms that a two-year-old can understand. Because explanations are tiresome.
The thing is, I really don’t want to take the easy (and deeply unsatisfying) way out with “Because I said so” or “Because that’s just the way it is.”
So I’m looking for some advice. Parents who have been there, how do you handle the whys?