Any advice on dealing with my son’s constant “Why?"


Young children love to ask “Why?”, and while it can be frustrating for parents be asked the same question over and over again, “Why?” is a reflection of children’s natural curiosity and drive to learn and explore the world around them. If you find yourself unsure of how to answer one of your child’s questions, tell him that you don’t know the answer, but that the two of you could find the answer together. Admitting you do not always have the “answers” teaches your son that we are always learning and that it is important to keep asking questions to learn more about the world.  It also teaches your son to be honest when he doesn’t know the answer to a question so that he doesn’t get into sticky situations. Researching the answers to your son’s questions introduces him different resources such as the library, the Internet, museums, and experimentation. If you don’t have time at that moment to help your son find the answer to his question, write his question in a special place so the two of you will remember to make a time to research an answer. 

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.