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Answering “Why Questions”

“But Why??????”

  • Explain to your child why we do things (e.g., why we eat, why we do chores, why we wear a jacket).
  • Give reasons why your child needs to do things (e.g., “You need to put your coat on because it is cold outside, and your coat will keep you warm”).
  • When your child begins to ask “Why” questions, respond to them by using short simple sentences. 
  • Ask your child “why” questions after reading a book or following an activity. If your child does not respond, give choices (e.g., “Why do you wear a jacket?  Is it because it’s cold or because it’s hot?”).

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