rethink(ip) has a nice post on parenthood::

"I have a three-and-a-half year-old son.  All the parents reading this post now immediately understand the title.

Why Daddy?  Why?  Why?  Why?

After ever explanation…he fires it right back at you.  Why?  The
subject doesn’t matter — here’s a brief list of topics from yesterday: 
rocks, spiders, time, book titles, colors, weather, distance, pool
chemicals, bathroom etiquette, money, and (my favorite) the rules of

Most of the time, I enjoy his cross-examinations.  Sometimes I’ll
have a little fun with it and give him way too much information —"

[sounds familiar]

 “…because light exhibits properties of both a wave and a particle….” 
My wife usually rolls her eyes when I do this.  I just wait for the
inevitable next question — why?  “It’s one of the great mysteries of
quantum mechanics, son.”

Raising our four-year-old is so much fun - I love the 'why' questions.

One tip: once in while, get out the camera and reply "why do you want to know?".

Comments (8)
  1. srikrishnak says:

    This is indeed a good one..The case is quite same with my nephew…the WHY some times made me go crazy but most of the times i do enjoy..probably thats the way kids learn things and most of we people learn new things as well..

  2. RGabo says:

    So cool.. How detailed are your answers? I’m not a parent yet, fairly far from that point of my life (I’m 21 🙂 but really interested in the subject.. Probably every 21 year old says ‘Remember these things. You don’t want to screw up like your parents did.’ and I really hope I will have kids at a young age when I still remember what I thought would’ve been the best for me.

    Anyways, regarding the ‘Why?’ questions, I was always curious how much detail makes sense in an answer.. Probably I wouldn’t want to give him a full explanation, maybe just a summary of it so at some point he will know if he’s interested or not.. and he’ll probably ask again, if so.

    Cool post.

  3. Oliver says:

    Psychologists sometimes consider this phase as an attempt to understand the chain of causation and find the own place within.

    So you may look what he replies if you refer your answer to your son after some Q-A series, e.g. "Why…" – "Beacuse…" – "Why is the tree standing there?" – "To cast a cooling shadow over YOU in the summer."

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    Oliver, nice, will try.

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