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mbourgeois wrote:
-Daddy, why are eggs not round. Why are they all squished?

So when a mommy hen sits on them, she doesn't roll away.

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-Daddy, why do I fall down?

That's the Earth's way of hugging you. It's not very gentle.

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-Daddy, why is this flower stinky?

That flower is scared of people and wants them to go away.
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Our daughter is almost three, so the question I get most these days is "Why?"

For Example:
"Daddy, are you going to work?"
"Not today."
"Why?"
"It's Saturday."
"Why?"
"Because yesterday was Friday."
"Why?"
"Because that's what the calendar says."
"Why?"
"Because Pope Gregory XIII thought it was a good calendar and decided to use it."
"Oh."

Though, I've had a few interesting questions:
"Daddy, why do you have moles?"
"Daddy, can I grow a beard?"

My favorite, after being walked in on in the bathroom (she was supposed to be sleeping, so I didn't lock it):
"Daddy, are you peeing from your belly? Can I pee from my belly?"
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Progmode wrote:
"Daddy, can I grow a beard?"


Well. Did you allow her to?
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Asperamanca wrote:
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"Daddy, can I grow a beard?"


Well. Did you allow her to?

She is more than welcome to try.
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Progmode wrote:
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"Daddy, can I grow a beard?"


Well. Did you allow her to?

She is more than welcome to try.


Worked for my mother in law.

(BTW - if you never hear from me again, it means my wife logged in today.)
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My son Ben's questions tend to be more of the "hey, did you know...?" variety...

"Daddy, did you know that sharks keep growing teeth forever and ever and if they ever fall out they grow new ones? Huh, did you know that?"

Yeah, I knew that. How the heck did you know that?

"I read an information book about sharks today."

Cool! Way to go, buddy...

"Daddy, did you know that the Australian Water Holding frog estivates instead of hibernates?"

Er... it does what?

"Estivates -- you know. Bears hibernate to keep warm in the cold. The Australian Water Holding frog estivates to keep cool when its hot. Did you know that?"

Dude. I never even heard that word before. Where'd you learn that?

"A different information book about desert habitats."


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Time for you to start asking some questions, Jason.
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Geosphere wrote:
Progmode wrote:
Asperamanca wrote:
Progmode wrote:
"Daddy, can I grow a beard?"


Well. Did you allow her to?

She is more than welcome to try.


Worked for my mother in law.

(BTW - if you never hear from me again, it means my wife logged in today.)

New game! lets all thumb this post and see how long it takes until geosphere disappears!
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mbourgeois wrote:
Karolyn asks some interesting questions.


Why?
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mbourgeois wrote:
tickmanfan wrote:
mbourgeois wrote:
Karolyn asks some interesting questions.


Why?


Because Rudy, Karolyn has a viewpoint that is unique I'd say to most children of a younger age. They desire to know many things that you (well maybe you ) and I would consider trivial or beneath our need to notice and understand.

Why is the sky blue?

Why do dogs bark?

Where does the water go when it goes out of the toilet?


Questions like that are ones perhaps you've never delved into before and I think it's great that kids question things that they don't get.

Why?
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Kind of apropos: http://www.iusedtobelieve.com/
 
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mbourgeois wrote:
sigmazero13 wrote:
mbourgeois wrote:
tickmanfan wrote:
mbourgeois wrote:
Karolyn asks some interesting questions.


Why?


Because Rudy, Karolyn has a viewpoint that is unique I'd say to most children of a younger age. They desire to know many things that you (well maybe you ) and I would consider trivial or beneath our need to notice and understand.

Why is the sky blue?

Why do dogs bark?

Where does the water go when it goes out of the toilet?


Questions like that are ones perhaps you've never delved into before and I think it's great that kids question things that they don't get.

Why?



Well Scott, you see it's like this. Children are keen observers of the world around them. They see the unseeable, hear that which is unheard and try to grasp that which is phantomlike in texture to the rest of us. And when they see something that doesn't meet with their worldview they question it... they're not trained yet by school to ignore the world in front of them.

Everything is still new and very interesting. I think that's why it's ok to color a monkey blue or why the same circle colored three times with different colors is either a sun, a pancake or Mommy, Daddy and the baby.

Why?



(Not to spoil the joke, but I'm just doing what my daughter sometimes does after we try to explain something...)
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sigmazero13 wrote:
Why?



(Not to spoil the joke, but I'm just doing what my daughter sometimes does after we try to explain something...)


Eventually, the answer is, "Because I said so!" But it can be dragged out for quite some time.
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I wish people would learn to ask How? and not Why?. Usually they do mean How? and not Why?, but even if they do mean Why?, why is not as interesting or challenging as How?.
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mbourgeois wrote:
EYE of NiGHT wrote:
I wish people would learn to ask How? and not Why?. Usually they do mean How? and not Why?, but even if they do mean Why?, why is not as interesting or challenging as How?.


Just gonna try this on for size ok?


How?


Carefully.
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My daughter is getting older so the questions are getting heavier. Last week:

Daughter: Is the earth invincible?

Me: Well, in billions of years the sun is going to burn out.

Daughter: [Uncontrollable laughter]

Me: That's funny?

Daughter: [Uncontrollable laughter]










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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
I wish people would learn to ask How? and not Why?. Usually they do mean How? and not Why?, but even if they do mean Why?, why is not as interesting or challenging as How?.

I'm not sure I agree. Both are valid questions, though I admit sometimes they may be asked "wrongly".

"How" would be used to find out what makes something work, the cause-and-effect, the more mechanical side of things. Sometimes that's what the kid wants to know, but sometimes, it really isn't.

"Why" would be used to ascertain MOTIVE, trying to help gauge whether something is worth doing, or not.


So it depends on what the context is. "Why is the sky blue" is a mechanical, "how" type question (even if "why" is used). "Why is that man yelling at that boy?" is trying to determine what happened to cause him to get to that point - what did he do, what makes what he did wrong, should it be wrong at all, is he being treated fairly?

"Why do I have to clean my room" is trying to determine if you are arbitrarily assigning mundane, random tasks, or if there's an underlying reason.


Thus, while I think sometimes the "why" can go a bit too far, it's a perfectly legitimate question, and I don't think "how" is really what they are asking in a large portion of those types of questions. "How" questions will generate "knowledge" - "Why" questions will generate wisdom!



(Even in the OP's post, 2 of those 3 questions can legitimately be "why". The Falling Down is probably more an explanation of how gravity works, but the "why is the egg squished" could lead to an interesting discussion on how nature tries to survive (which I'm sure has something to do with the shape to some degree), as does the "stinky flower" question. The answers to these questions, while they may have some "mechanical" portions, will more likely lead to thinking about "what can I learn from this to apply" (even if just subconsciously) than "tell me chemically what makes the flower so stinky").
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"Where does Poo come from" so after a lengthy detailed answer about digestion and upper and lower intestine and going to the toilet, the next question is "Where does Tigger come from then?"

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Seriously. What kind of habitat can support pigs, bears, kangaroos AND tigers???
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shumyum wrote:
Seriously. What kind of habitat can support pigs, bears, kangaroos AND tigers???


What kind of habitat do you think can support pigs, bears, kangaroos AND tigers?

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"Where does Poo come from" so after a lengthy detailed answer about digestion and upper and lower intestine and going to the toilet, the next question is "Where does Tigger come from then?"

I think they key to answering kids' questions is to first find out what they are truly asking.

I was reading something once about questions kids ask, and one kid asked "where did I come from"? The parent goes into a brief, age-appropriate-intended discussion of the reproductive process. Afterwards, the kid goes "Oh. Cause Sally says she came from California."
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shumyum wrote:
Seriously. What kind of habitat can support pigs, bears, kangaroos AND tigers???

Duuh, the Hundred-Acre Woods, of course!

And don't forget Donkeys, Owls, and Elephants (er, Heffalumps?)
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shumyum wrote:
Seriously. What kind of habitat can support pigs, bears, kangaroos AND tigers???


The zoo?
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My daughter and I took a trip this weekend to visit with my sister and brother-in-law and, though not a question, the following happened:

On our way out of a service plaza after stopping for a bathroom break, she stopped me, hugged my legs, looked up and said "You're the best brudder ever, daddy." laugh
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