Parenting Tips 1

Does Your Child Drive You Crazy with “Why” Questions?

You don’t want to discourage your child's curiosity, but you can come to really dread hearing “Why?” over and over again. One of the best ways to handle the dreaded why questions is to ask a question back. “What do you think?” Your child’s ideas may surprise you, and will often help you understand what your child really knows.

Then you can use what your child says as a way to start talking about the topic. Often you discover that what your child wants to talk about is not what was asked about, so take your time to listen before you answer a question—it may not be the real question at all.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005.

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