Before I had kids, I looked forward to the "why?" questions. I pictured Socratic discussions about science and religion. Now that DD is 4yo, it feels like she's a contestant on Jeopardy and absolutely everything she says must be framed in the form of a question. For example,
Child: "How old is Milo?"
Adult: "Milo is five years old."
Child: "Why is he five years old?"
and so on, without any breakthrough insights. And yes, I can think of several interesting lines of conversation this could take, but not when I'm trying to cook dinner and remember if I signed the book order etcetera.
I realize this is all developmentally appropriate. I try to answer the questions seriously. But some of the time she's just asking questions because she has poor conversation skills, sometimes she needs time to think and this is like a pause button, and often she's just tired.
Meanwhile, DH and I grow tired ourselves and insist "You're not allowed to repeat what the other person said! You have to think of your own question!" which is truly ridiculous.
Any suggestions for how to get through this? I have tried countering with a variety of questions that she might want to ask, but that only works when I'm not busy. I've tried the distraction method ("Hey, look! A cloud!") but she doesn't fall for that anymore (or just asks, "Why is that a cloud?").