“How much longer?”
“Why does that man have dark skin?”
“How was the Earth created?”
“Where do babies come from?”
“Why can’t I drop Lexie over the side of the railing?”
Kids are filled with questions. Sometimes it feels like they have an endless supply. Some are easy questions – Can I have a cookie? And some are hard – “Why do people die?”
We recently took the kids to Dallas for Spring Break. I can’t tell you how often we heard “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer?” It made the drive seem so much longer.
Of course, there are always those questions that parents don’t know how to answer. Lexie recently asked, “How the Earth came to be?” Now I know some parents might say God created it. And that could have been the simple way out but not for us. It turned out to be a question that couldn’t easily be answered while driving in the car.
Plus when answering, you have to think about how much your child can understand of the answer. This especially holds true for the inevitable question of where babies come from or how they get in mommy’s tummy. You kind of just have to feel out how much your child wants to know.
You can start by giving a short answer and see if they accept that, or if they have more questions. The main thing is not to overwhelm them with information that they don’t want or are not ready for.
Another technique would be to ask them what they think the answer to the question is. This can always lead to some hilarious answers but can also give you an insight as to why they are asking the question.
Check out this website for 9 commonly asked questions and how to answer them.
Of course, one of the most common questions asked is “Why?” So every time you give your child an answer they say, “Why?” (Or in the case of my niece “how come?”) This can be a frustrating thing where you want to go “Just because” or “Because I said so.”
There is simply no way to stop kids from asking questions. And really asking questions is a good thing. It is the way they learn. I just wish that they would sometimes wait to ask their questions. Such as asking, “Why is that person fat?” when you are standing in line next to said person.