The WHY phase. - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 6 Old 03-17-2012, 07:57 AM - Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cover letter he!!
Posts: 6,387
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How long does it last? My 3 to has been in it for over a year and it's driving me INSANE!!!!!!
Super~Single~Mama is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 6 Old 03-17-2012, 08:36 AM
Mittsy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: somewhere over the rainbow...
Posts: 613
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

No idea. My almost 7yo(tomorrow!!) DD never really got too much into the "why" stage, but DS 5yo is still going strong with it.

Mittsy is offline  
#3 of 6 Old 03-17-2012, 09:38 AM
Adaline'sMama's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Super~Single~Mama View Post

How long does it last? My 3 to has been in it for over a year and it's driving me INSANE!!!!!!


Sorry, that is the brat inside coming out....

My DD hasnt hit this phase yet, but my bff's kid is in it now, and it's been a little over a year. She's starting to accept the answers, "Why do you think?" and "Ill answer "why" three times and that's all". I can imagine that it would be really annoying.

Holly and David partners.gif

Adaline love.gif (3/20/10), and Charlie brokenheart.gif (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical  rainbow1284.gif  twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)

SIDS happens. 

Adaline'sMama is offline  
#4 of 6 Old 03-20-2012, 10:56 AM
LynnS6's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pacific NW longing for the Midwest
Posts: 12,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Ds was in it strong from age 3 until just about his 7th birthday. Ds also didn't respond well to "why do you think?" He really wanted to know. Part of it, I'm sure, was that he didn't have other great conversational openings. Once he figured those out, they did lessen. But part of it is, he's always wanted to understand. Today, at 10, he really wants to understand current events. (Try answering "why" for what's going on in Syria!) It's part of his personality.


Be thankful that he's got an inquisitive mind. Master the phrase "I need 5 minutes of quiet so my mind can rest. No questions for 5 minutes please." (and yes, be prepared for him to ask "why?" for that one too!)

Lynnteapot2.GIF, academicreading.gif,geek.gif wife, WOHM  to T jog.gif(4/01) and M whistling.gif (5/04)
LynnS6 is offline  
#5 of 6 Old 03-20-2012, 11:10 AM
CI Mama's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 792
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)



This kicked in for DD when she turned 3 (last October) and it hasn't let up yet. Sometimes she doesn't listen to our answer and just asks "why" again. So we have to set some limits to how many times we'll answer the same question.


Hang in there, mama. This phase can't last forever, right?

Living in Wisconsin with my partner of 20+ years and our DDenergy.gif(Born 10/09/08 ribboncesarean.gif). Why CI Mama? Because I love contact improvisation!

CI Mama is offline  
#6 of 6 Old 03-20-2012, 11:19 AM
One_Girl's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4,701
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
My dd still likes to know the reasons for things and she is nine. She uses more sophisticated language than why now though. When she was in the ask but ignore the answer stage I would ask her to repeat my answer. If she couldn't I would tell her I would only say it one more time. That helped her focus on the answer not just her need to ask.
One_Girl is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 10,154

50 members and 10,104 guests
Alexkumar1 , alicerich86 , AlmostJenny , annbe , ASM21830 , averysmomma05 , BergenMama , Boodah'smama , captain optimism , CricketVS , Deborah , elliha , emmy526 , Galatea , greenemami , healthy momma , japonica , Jessica765 , katelove , kathymuggle , Kelleybug , LightSeeker , LittleMamaBird , LLM21 , lucky3nyc , mama24-7 , MeepyCat , meghanmetz , meowmix , Milk8shake , NaturallyKait , newmamalizzy , oaksie68 , PitBullMom , RollerCoasterMama , Saladd , SandiMae , sarafl , Sarah Bee , SchoolmarmDE , serenbat , Serenyd , Seventhtimeround , Shmootzi , Springshowers , talldarkeyes , teacozy , worthy
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.