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Oh no... it can't be... please tell me it's not possible...

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GordonTheGopher Thu 24-Jul-08 08:18:09

DS has entered the WHY phase (he's 2.4).

How many years does this last as it only started this morning and I'm losing the will to live.

NotQuiteCockney Thu 24-Jul-08 08:22:15


NotQuiteCockney Thu 24-Jul-08 08:23:02

Sorry, that wasn't helpful.

I never minded the 'why' phase that much. Just answer the question, and if you run out of answers, or get bored, start asking back 'why do you think'.

He's just trying to make conversation, and has worked out a good trick!

chelsygirl Thu 24-Jul-08 08:24:12

still going strong at 10 - sorry!

scrappydappydoo Thu 24-Jul-08 08:26:05

Mine dd is on a variation of this 'whats that???' the other day we went round a shop and she was pointing at everything saying 'whats that'

GordonTheGopher Thu 24-Jul-08 08:43:40

Oh yes scrappy we've just finished that phase.

Looks like you're in for the WHY phase soon!

Acinonyx Thu 24-Jul-08 10:11:32

We're in that phase - dd is 3. I thought it would be fun but actually it does my head in!

Hannah81 Thu 24-Jul-08 10:16:45

DS is 3 and a half and he still does the wholw "why" thing - like notquitecockney, i ask him "why do you think" and it gets him to think for himself, rather than just getting a straight-forward answer. (over and over again) it is annoying, but it's developmental, so you know your LO is doing well!

3littlefrogs Thu 24-Jul-08 10:20:04

And it is ok to say that you don't know. (As I did, when asked what language ants speak, and how do spiders cross the road grin.

TotalChaos Thu 24-Jul-08 10:22:15

still waiting for the why phase at 4.4 sad

minouminou Thu 24-Jul-08 10:28:30

how do spiders cross the road?
priceless....that's just cracked me up.

Acinonyx Thu 24-Jul-08 10:32:16

'What noise do ladybirds make'?

I just said it was probably a very small noise..

lyrasilver Thu 24-Jul-08 10:35:04

My eldest is nearly 14 and still asks why.. before going off in a huff.... so looks like its a long road. Also I have noticed that at around 8 years old the why's get extremely silly, usually about is this starwars or power rangers.

NotQuiteCockney Thu 24-Jul-08 10:37:25

DS1 is 6. His favourite conversational gambit is 'what is your favourite ...'. Only it's normally something to do with Star Wars or Command and Conquer, or something else I have no other real opinion about ...

lyrasilver Thu 24-Jul-08 10:39:17

I generally just make something up... its easier that way!

Notquitegrownup Thu 24-Jul-08 10:40:10

If it is an interesting question, I liked answering whys, but if it is just for the sake of conversation, I used to find that a very earnest answer of: "Because it's Tuesday and the traindriver has radishes in his sandwiches today" illicited a very confused look and ds frequently decided to talk about something else instead.

TheCrackFox Thu 24-Jul-08 11:09:36

I think the "why phase" lessens once they leve home - only to be replaced with the "need money phase".

Lazycow Thu 24-Jul-08 11:44:07

I have to say ds did this so much I nearly went insane with it. Every single thing I did or said would be met with a why.

He still does it now but it is nowhere near as bad as it was from 2yrs to just over 3 years old.

I think most children do it, some more than others. Anyway Ds is now 3.8yrs old and as I say he still does it now about 10-15 times a day (sometimes more) but the constant stream of whys (It must have been hundreds of times a day) has stopped - Thank goodness

Shoegazer Thu 24-Jul-08 12:23:52

We're in the "What's that?" phase too scrappydappydoo its takes a bloody age to get round Sainsburys explaining what everything is. Apparently it also requires being finished with saying my name three times. DD's other favourite is to to point someone out and shout "What's 'im called mummy?" or "What's 'er called mummy?" which I obviously don't know the answer to. I thought I was being clever when I told her to ask, thinking she would be overcome with toddler shyness. Not likely, now she just hollers "What you called?" at the top of her voice. Not looking forward to adding "why?" to the repetoire!

anotherdayyetanothernickame Thu 24-Jul-08 12:30:25

I quite like it - it's how they learn although I know you know that. Actually I MOSTLY like it...after the 15th why about the same thing it does get a bit tiresome.

It bugs me when he asks the same question I've just answered again.

TJ1976 Thu 24-Jul-08 13:35:39

My ds is 2.6 yrs old. We do have the odd why mummy? but the latest thing is asking me what the name of each make of car is when we're walking along the road and driving! It drives me around the bend! There is no end to it! I don't even like cars! He is obsessed and would rather read a car magazine than his pepper pig or thomas books! I do have to laugh (wink)

Acinonyx Thu 24-Jul-08 14:20:41

Dd has a car-fiend friend like that. Dd asks me for the names of things all the time - things that just don't have names!

skidaddle Thu 24-Jul-08 16:38:21

oh I quite like the why phase [wierd masochistic emotion]

i find giving a clearly wrong answer usually stops the flow (temporarily) as DD self-righteously corrects my ignorance

DD: mummy why you making dinner?
ME: because I need to put it in the washing machine
DD: (brief heavenly pause) No you don't put it in washing maching, you eat it
(followed 2nd heavenly pause for reflection)

wulfstan Thu 24-Jul-08 19:27:57

DS1: what's that?
me: <describes what it is>
DS1: what's that?
me: <describes what it is and how it works>
DS1: what's that?
me: what do you think it is?

Usually works...

Miggsie Thu 24-Jul-08 19:29:49

We had a rule, you were only allowed 3 "why" on any one topic.
Sanity requires this

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