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My word of the week is why.
Why, why, why, why, why. Arghhh this word is driving me round the bend. I knew that it would be asked by Alfie at some point and up till now I think we've been quite lucky that he hasn't started asking it sooner, he was much more favouring the word no! Currently, after the majority of sentence's at the moment we are asked why (why, why, why....).
Here are a couple of examples:
Mummy: 'I'm just going to the toilet'
Mummy: 'Errmm to have a wee'
Alfie: 'Having a poo Mummy??'
Mummy: 'No, poo's just a wee'
Mummy: 'Because I need to'
Mummy: 'Because I need a wee'
Mummy: *bangs head against brick wall*
Mummy: 'Can you tidy your toys up please?'
Mummy: 'Because Mummy has asked you to'
Mummy: 'Because I've asked you to and good boys tidy up'
Alfie: 'But why Mummy?'
I love the fact that he is being so inquisitive and asking why and I know it's just part of the toddler way of life being inquisitive, but oh my god it gets irritating after the hundredth time in a day! I run out of things to answer with in the end and my response then turns into, just because! In fact as I'm writing this Alfie has just had this conversation with Adi.
Alfie: 'Daddy what you doing?'
Daddy: 'I'm on my computer doing some work'
Alfie: 'But what you doing?'
Alfie: 'But, whyyy????'
So as we journey into another adventure into toddlerdom, I find myself wondering if I will always have an answer for the why questions! This is what I love about being a Mum, everyday Alfie is learning something and that little brain is holding so much information, the constant questioning and curiosity may at times be annoying but I know that this is all part of him developing into a child with an independent mind.
According to website zero to three, the main reason as to why toddlers suddenly decide to question things and ask things like why is because they have developed the cognitive ability to make logical connections between things and begin to understand why things happen. Fascinating! Thus in turn helping them in turn to gain a much greater understanding as to how the world works.
So quite simply the more the child asks why, the more they learn. (I must try and remember this after the fifty millionth 'why' in the day!).