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?”



8 Responses to Why, Oh Why Did You Do That?

  • I ask why all the time, I just dont get an answer just a funny face and a laugh. Like why did/are you hitting mommy? Clearly I am crazy and should think getting hit is as hilarious as the hitting is for her.

  • Don’t you know why??? You pulled every wipee out of the box, you changed your clothes 10 times a day, you cut your own bangs, lol, Little E sounds a lot like you:)

  • Haha! I first had to laugh at your mom’s response! That’s hilarious!

    I ask why all the time. My oldest three are 8, 7, & 7. They are old enough to explain their actions, but rarely do their responses ever make sense to me. I don’t even know why I bother asking. But sometimes I’m just so shocked at what they think is acceptable behavior that I just have to ask what is going through their heads! I wish I could think of a good example but I’m drawing a blank right now!

    • LOL – You know what she meant, right? That was a nice way of saying what goes around comes around, or the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. ;-)

      I’m glad I’m not alone in not understanding! :) And you don’t have to think of examples… I know what you mean. I also know that the mind drawing a blank thing has a lot to do with us having babies. Mind = gone.

  • At the age of three years, every kid is innocent and they do whatever they like. Their intention is not to spoil anything but they do all these for fun. Parents have to understand this and they should also enjoy these moments. This is a good time for parents and kids to enjoy together.

  • lol!! so true! happens to me every single day!

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