Thursday, September 29, 2005

Toddler Questions

I realize that small children are famous for asking questions, but I did not think it would be this bad. While watching the Jungle Book, S. asked at least ten times, “He’s looking for Mowgli.” Wait a minute! That’s not a question, you say. Oh, but it is at this age. She demanded some sort of response or acknowledgement from me each time. Apparently, all of my remarks were inadequate, since she kept it up for so long. Later in the movie, “Where’s the snake?” repeated four times. At the time, Kaa the snake was very visible on the screen, and she knew it. I wonder what goes through their little minds. Perhaps she just wants to make sure that I am paying attention also. Or maybe she’s looking for confirmation that it really is a snake. I don’t know, though. She is very good at recognizing snakes, and has been for a long time. She does that with other things too. It’s probably all just to drive me crazy.

1 comment:

EndersJane said...

Ah ha! I have a familiar situation on my hands. My favorite is my daughter repeating "What's this?" over and over although she knows exactly what it is she's pointing at. I usually say, "Why don't you tell me what you think it is?" to which she will respond with the correct answer. I would have to agree with you; it is an affirmation that we are paying attention to their questions and we think their questions are important. I am sure it is a great comfort to their burgeoning self-esteem to know that mommy understands and listens, (although there is a hysterical need for mommy hold her head in her hands and groan loudly from the continuous need to answer repeated questions:)) I am waiting for the day the ultimate question springs from my daughters sweet little lips. "Why? Why? Why?" Until that day, all else is breezy!