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How to Handle “Why” Questions when Talking with Children

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  1. Recognize that "why" questions can be a sign of growing intelligence.Children who ask "why" questions are developing curiosity, and building important skills that will help them get smarter. Thus, a child who asks a lot of "why" questions may become very smart.
    • Research shows that "why" questions really are asked because a child wants to know why, and that they're likely to be persistent if they get a non-answer in response.
  2. Encourage the child to ask the whole question.If you're getting tired of one-word "why" question, encourage your child to ask the entire sentence.
    • For example, instead of asking "Why?", the child could ask "Why do I need to go to bed?"
  3. Start with a short answer, and see what the child thinks.Sometimes, a one-sentence or two-sentence answer is enough to satisfy a curious child.Give a short answer, and see if that is all the child wanted to know. Here are some examples of short answers:
    • "We have ears because they help us hear things well. Ears are very useful."
    • "Clouds are full of water. When it gets too heavy, the water falls down, and it rains."
    • "A good night's sleep helps us stay healthy."
    • "She uses a wheelchair because her legs don't work well. This lets her move around however she wants."
  4. Try a longer answer.Sometimes, children ask "why" questions because they're curious about a subject matter, and just want to connect. To satisfy them, try giving a longer explanation about the thing they're asking, even if you don't exactly answer their question. A "why" question often just means "I want you to tell me something about this."
  5. Decline to answer if you don't feel like it, or don't know the answer.It's okay to say that you don't know how to answer a question. It's also okay to say no to a child, especially if you're stressed. Set a polite boundary and say you aren't interested in answering more questions right now.
    • "I don't know that one."
    • "I'm tired. I don't want to answer more questions right now."
    • "That's too many questions right now. I'm getting a little cranky. Maybe could we take a break?"
  6. Turn the question back to the child.Try encouraging the child to do their best to answer their own question. Let the child think about it, and help point them towards the right answer if you want. Then offer praise and corrections as necessary. This is good for their thinking skills.
    • "What do you think the answer is?"
    • "I've answered a lot of questions. How about you try answering this one?"
    • "I want to hear what you think first."
    • "You tell me why. What do you think would happen if...?"
  7. Offer to search for the answer together.If your child doesn't know, and you don't know, then perhaps the two of you can look it up.

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  • Be patient and realize the child is exploring a new world full of mysteries and adventures. Encourage learning as much as possible and reward yourself for being a patient teacher!





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