June 20, 2006

kenapa oh kenapa 2

of luqman asking kenapa oh kenapa..
Why does my toddler constantly ask "why"?

Your child's inquisitiveness is a signal that her mind is expanding quickly, and that she's curious about the world. She's starting to understand the concept of cause and effect — that there's a reason for almost everything. It's also a way for her to engage you in conversation, and keep you talking. If you get tired of the constant whys, don't simply fall back on "that's just the way it is." Instead, try to deflect them by asking her what she thinks. Her answer may amuse you, but try not to laugh — her mind is really working in amazing ways as she puts together what information she has about the world with a toddler's fertile imagination. If you truly don't know the answer, tell her the two of you can find out together. Write down the question in a notebook, and make sure she sees you doing it — that way, she'll know you're taking her queries seriously. Then find the answer together by visiting a library or museum. This way her questions become a way for you both to participate in research, and have fun doing it at the same time.

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