Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why, Why, Why?

So Claire has finally entered the "Why" phase of toddlerhood. EVERYTHING we say to her is followed with a "why?" and it is exhausting at times. Here is a little exerpt from our drive home from gymnastics today:

Claire: "Mommy, I love gymnastics!!"
Me: "I am so glad, honey!"
Claire: "Why are you glad?"
Me: "Well, I like it when you are happy."
Claire: "Why am I happy, Mommy?"
Me: "Uh . . . isn't it because you love gymnastics?"
Claire: "Why did you just say "Uh"?"
Me: "Claire, let's talk about something else, okay?"
Claire: "Why do you want to talk about something else?"
Me: Big sigh
Claire: "Mommy, why did you just say (imitates a big sigh)?"
Me: "Because I am tired of answering all your "why" questions, honey. Let's just be quiet for a  minute."
Claire: "Why are we supposed to be quiet?" 
Me: "Honey, I need a break. I am not going to talk right now."
Claire: "Why do you need a break?"
Me: Silence
Claire: "Mommy, what aren't you talking to me?"
Me: Silence
Claire: "Mommy, why are you being quiet? Mommy!?"

Feel like screaming yet? Multiply that 2 minute conversation by 10 and you will get our entire ride home. Aren't you glad I shared?


Pigs said...

So with you. Tyler could have had Claire's end of the conversation almost word for word. The bad thing is that Parker has heard Tyler say why so much that now he says why EVERY TIME I tell him to do anything. Whyyyyyyy?

momimi said...

Here's what worked with you...I just ended my answer with a question. For instance..."Don't you think so?" etc., etc. It throws the "WHY" porpupine back in their laps. (I'm loving that it's your turn now...tee-hee!)