Yesterday I whipped out the old, “because mommy is the boss of you!” Why did I do it? Because my son has entered the dreaded WHY stage. It doesn’t matter what the subject is or what I say. He now needs to know why.
The problem with the WHY stage is that every time you provide an answer to the why, they follow it up with another why. I’m quickly realizing that there is a distinct possibility that this is a game I am going to lose unless I take proactive measures and come up with some good becauses.
As a public service to all parents of children in the WHY stage, here are a few of the becauses that I have come up with. Feel free to add your own, because mine aren’t going to last very long at the rate we’re going.
- because your teeth will fall out if you don’t.
- because Santa wanted to make sure that you really deserve your presents next Christmas.
- because the bad guys might come and get you if you keep on doing that.
- because the dinosaurs wouldn’t like it.
- because you’ll break it.
- why do you think it is?
- sometimes there is no why, there only is or is not.
- because we don’t want to get into an accident and die.
- wouldn’t you like to watch some TV now?
- here, have an ice cream cone.
- Honey, can you pour me another drink?
- just be quiet and go to sleep.
As you can see, I’m starting to get a bit desperate!