Soon to be 7, my son loves to explore all sorts of subjects including serious ones like politics. He is intense and has a million questions. Sometimes he pieces information in such a way that it is not quite right. I generally let these go because as he gets older, I am pretty sure he will fill in his own gaps. However, sometimes in a course of a conversation, he will ask a question and then I answer it and he tells me it is the wrong answer and he explains his own view of it. If I try to say something like "actually ..." and launch into a slightly different narration, then that seems to upset him.
I wonder what is going on? Any of your kids like that? He has a vigorous mind that is trying to tackle some serious subjects such as democracy, the way economics works etc. I am not sure HOW he gets into these things! I think it is just from watching videos. Then he asks a question and one thing leads to another and it becomes above his capacity to understand. He wants to try anyway. He demands answers and asks some really astute questions.
Him: "I thought you said Thai people get to choose their leaders, Mama."
Me: "Yes, they do." -- trying to keep it simple -- because Thailand is technically a democracy even though it has had a complex history and a difficult time making a go of it.
Son: "Well, but they have a king. Thailand cannot be a democracy. Kings are not elected"
Me: "uh... yes. You are right however .... " And that however drives him crazy. He is into categorizing stuff like countries, people, cultures etc. The fact that Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and what that actually means is difficult for him to understand. In fact, he finds the whole idea that a country can have a king and call themselves a democracy absurd. He feels the same way about Britain by the way.
I serve up facts/point of views in our conversations in a very simple manner but he wants more. Yet, he is still too young to grasp some nuances even though he WANTS to know about them. And they seem to upset him sometimes.
I mean, how does one answer why our hands make noise when we clap???????? Because you know, pillows don't make noise when you slap them together. There is some serious science behind this question and that is what he is after. It is a hard task to serve up just enough but not too much when his line of questioning is after some very detailed, high level explanations. His level of frustration can be pretty unnerving sometimes. There are tears even.
Anyone has been dealing/have dealt with something like this? How did/do you respond? Any BTDT stories will be appreciated.
Edited by Emaye - 3/8/13 at 5:19pm