Oh. So. True.
Knowing that the question is useless hasn’t stopped me from using it on my 3-year-old, though. And something like taking all of the wipes out of the wipes container doesn’t usually make me ask why, usually. I know why – she thought it would be fun! And the only time I’ve seen her use excessive wipes is when she’s making her stuffed animal a bed made completely of wipes. *grimace*
I ask why when it’s something that causes me a lot of extra work or when she knows it’s wrong but does it anyway. Why oh why did she scribble all over her social security card when I stupidly left it out on the table – when there was blank white paper she could have drawn on nearby? Why oh why won’t she wear the outfit I set out for her? And why did she pull all of Isaac’s clothes out of his drawers, leaving them strewn around the bedroom?
Now that she’s began talking (my ear off), I’m finding out why. Only knowing why doesn’t always help because a 3-year-old’s reasoning is not even close to mine. Because, Sea Horse was cold. Because, I need to wear pink today. Because, Isaac needed a certain outfit.
This is just another one of those parenting adventures. I don’t think all of the books explaining how a child’s brain develops could help me understand the mind of a 3-year-old. ;-)
When was the last time you asked your child, “WHY?”