Toddlers are “Live Whyers”. Curiosity in a child is wonderful. It’s natural for them to ask questions. Through his toddler years, my son was also inquisitive and he still is. I am listing some of the questions that evoked different emotions and sometimes didn’t have any satisfactory answer.
Where do babies come from?
Every child has asked this question at least once and almost every parent is taken aback or awkward to answer it. I was prepared for it and as soon as my son popped this question, pat came my reply ‘From mommy’s tummy!’ He looked thoughtfully and with wide eyes counter questioned ‘Why? Did mommy eat it?’ and I was stumped! At younger ages, it is ok to deal with this without too much detail. However, as they grow, it is best to describe it in an age appropriate way without any awkwardness surrounding it.
Why do people die?
Initially, I said people die because they get old. That led to multiple occasions where my son asked every old person he met whether they are going to die! I have finally explained they have to go to a better place and become stars in the sky looking down upon and guiding us always.
Pointing and shouting publicly “Is that a man or woman”?
I still don’t know how to answer that without hoping the ground opens up and swallows me.
Why do girls wear longer bathing suits than boys?
This question can be asked in different ways leading to the same explanation – private body parts. We could use the ‘head, shoulders, knees’ song to identify common body parts and then casually go over correct names and place of private parts for boys and girls. It helps to answer it casually with an even tone.
Why do I have to sleep alone while mommy-daddy sleep together?
This question was his response to our attempt to make our son sleep independently in his room. He even suggested to his daddy that he (daddy) should sleep alone and not be scared given he is an adult.
6. How do you like my new drawing?
The mother in me loves ‘his new drawing’ and wants to take him out for a special treat for making it. But the thinking woman in me is wondering what it is! I go ahead and say wow that’s a beautiful tree and he claims ‘No mamma, I have made a police station!’ Oops. I can’t redeem myself there.
How did you handle these and many others that come to your mind as you read this? I would love to know.
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