Answering All Those ‘Why?’ Questions

“Why?” might be the most common question you’ve been hearing as a parent. Toddlers ask why to learn how the world works and to confirm what they already know.

If your child asks questions like, “Why is it bright in the morning?” (or dark at night), you can take a couple of different tacks in answering:

  • Assume that your child can handle an answer with basic information about sunrise and sunset and explain it as clearly and simply as you can.
  • Ask him what he thinks. Listen to his explanations and the creativity that they reveal. If he says it gets dark because the sun has tucked itself in for the night and gone to sleep, applaud his imagination!

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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