The "whys?" have just begun - how long do they last?

(18 Posts)
odyssey2001 Sat 31-May-14 12:28:19

As the title says, our 3.5 year old (with delayed speech) has just started asking "why?" in response to everything. Please tell me this is a short lived phase. It is driving me mad and we are only two days in!

beatingwings Sat 31-May-14 18:22:56

I have a 17 year old who still asks why. It's part of being a perent.

EBearhug Sat 31-May-14 18:25:21

I'm 42. My manager recently told me I ask "why" too often.

misssmapp Sat 31-May-14 18:25:55

Why ?

GiveTwoSheets Sat 31-May-14 18:32:23

Oh my days the why faze is driving me batty! It's been going on for weeks, so today everytime my DS said something i ask why, I'm defeated I got bored of asking why, he always had a answer.

BellsaRinging Sat 31-May-14 18:34:27

For your entire life...

BellsaRinging Sat 31-May-14 18:34:40

For your entire life...

Germgirl Sat 31-May-14 18:40:53

My 8 year old DSD is well into the 'Whhhyyyyyyyyyyyy??????' stage.
Drives. Me. Mad.

NorthEasterlyGale Sat 31-May-14 19:11:17

I was a terror for asking 'why?' when I was little. When my Dad got bored of answering, the stock response was 'because Y's next to Z and Z's a crooked letter'.

No idea where it came from or what it means but it would occasionally throw me off whatever thread of thought I was following grin grin

Nunyabiz Sat 31-May-14 19:25:06

The why phase... I would say give it until about 5-6... But it may see a resurgence as they realise it's a fun 'button' to push.
DD is 3 and I am going mental with the "mummy I want, I want, I want, I want" like a bloody broken record.
YES DD we all know you have an endless list of things you want!

You want chicken and chips
You want a special treat
You want to hold hands
You don't want to hold hands
You want to go to the playground
You want to walk there
You don't want shoes on
You want to take your bunny
You want a haircut
You want to go with daddy
You want a kinder surprise
You want to be picked up
You want to go to the shops
You don't want to eat vegetables
You don't want to go to the toilet
You just wet your pants
You want clean ones now
You don't want a nap
You don't want to wake up
You want to draw
You don't want mummy to help
You want mummy to help but
You don't want me to draw a flower
You want me to draw a face with no neck
I'm not doing it right
You want to draw on the carpet
You don't want to put the lid on
You want new paper
You want to rip the paper up
You want an apple
You don't want to eat the whole apple
You want crisps now
You want to get them yourself
You want to climb up on the chair
You don't want to be told you can't
You don't want a bath

The latest... "Mummy. I want to be a superhero. But I want to dress up like a doctor. I want to play with the baby at school. I want to dress up like a doctor and I want the teacher to give me the doctors kit."

Yes yes I'm a complete ogre and it's just so cute and sweet but...

But I want some bloody peace and quiet and to not hear constant incessant demands every waking minute!!!!!!! Gah! angry

CaramellaDeVille Sun 01-Jun-14 17:19:54

Want is worse than why on my experience!! We only had 3 days of constant why, the wants are going on for months.

hels71 Sun 01-Jun-14 19:00:53

DD is 6..............still we get why why why....drives me batty!!!

beatingwings Mon 02-Jun-14 07:00:49

Am I alone in loving the why questions?

These form the basis of many wonderful discussions, my children have learned some of the fundamental concepts of science at an early age (I am a scientist).

I remember at primary school asking the teacher why clouds stick together and not just blow away. I wondered if they had a skin. She laughed and humiliated me for my question.

It took years for me to find the answer to that question, and looking back at my 8 year old self saw that it was a very clever question.
Indeed there are forces that bind clouds together. It is very windy up in the sky, and clouds are fluffy and fragile, but powerful electronic forces form firm bonds.
THat teacher of mine was evil and ignorant.

hels71 Mon 02-Jun-14 21:54:12

I don't have a problem with why as such........but the constant why after every answer......
eg
We need to go to Lidl's on the way home
why?
because we need bread
why?
because we ate it all yesterday and we need some for lunch
why?
because you want a cheese sandwich
why?
aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggggg

I don't have a problem with asking why something does something or something like your cloud question...

I used to answer "why do you think?" to DS1.

DS2 (2.6) just retorts "no, I asking YOU". I give up.

6.5 yo still at it I'm afraid...

I just reply with 'why not?'

LittlePink Sat 07-Jun-14 20:53:42

Im not getting the whys yet but I get whats that noise? to everything! Shes about to turn 2. The other favourite is "whats the time?" which is hilarious because she has no idea about times! She asks all the time "whats the time?" or "whats that noise?" Its relentless at the moment!

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