I am having the hardest time staying "ahead of the game" planning my parenting skills with my 3 year, 9 month old DS. For a long time, my major panic was that he was never going to talk! Then at 31 months, he woke up speaking in sentences. He was still only about 60% understandable at age 3, but now I am often told by others that they can understand everything he is saying, and clearly other children can understand him now too as he has started to talk and play games at the playground and library, without my assistance. The only speech issues remaining are that he really can't say his name! (Austin.. .he says Au-don..) and a few sounds - s, ch, r.. which I am told is very typical.
Now that he is all day long, my new challenge is that he has such deep, bizarre curiousity, and I'm not really sure what to do with it. I have a 4 y/o niece, and we have several friends with 3-5 year olds, and I certainly have never noticed anything like this in any of them.
Examples: 1) DS asks my MIL where the water in the sink comes from. She tells him about her well and how that all works. She also mentions that most people don't get their water that way, and he starts inquiring about the public water system. My DS has since (several times) told me all of the in-depth details of how water gets from a body of water to our sink.
2) DS asks about Nana's mom, who died last year. He starts asking a ton of questions about death. He goes through like full body function, how we breathe, how heart stops beating, why do we need our heart to beat, etc? And then he moves on to things like, once all of the people die, will dinosaurs be able to come back? When are all of the people going to die, anyway?
3) Tons of questions about God. I do my best, but it's so hard for him to understand such an abstract concept. He questions God's living quarters and human-but-not-quite-human qualities all. the. time. He wants to know how God tells us things (and the Bible is not a satisfactory answer for DS!).
And things like - what kind of machines build houses? What are machines made out of? What makes machines work? What makes the car go (and not just gas, which he knows, but how does the gas get to the engine and make it go forward)? Why do some people need surgery and others don't (he had surgery as a baby)? How does our brain and body go to sleep? What do trees eat? Will trees ever die? How do people decide what kind of job they want to have?
And all of this from a kid who has no interest in learning the ABC's or the concept of time!
Does anyone else have a child who asks off the wall questions all day everyday, and how do you deal with this sort of thing? I have seen a lot of advice to just give a simple answer and move on, but believe me when I say this does not work with DS. It only leads to 100 more questions, even if I insist he drop a subject, he does not forget! He just brings it up later. Anyone? Commiseration? Advice? Thoughts?