Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Next Stop, The Why Zone

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.

It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. And, it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Why Zone.

“Dinner This Evening”

Daddy: “Tonight’s dinner is mac ‘n cheese with li’l smokies and green beans.

Squeaker: “Why?”

Daddy: “Because you love mac ‘n cheese.”

Squeaker: “Why?”

Daddy: “Because it’s good for you.”

Squeaker: “Why?”

Axe: “Eeeee-aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!”

Squeak has been pretty easy on the “Why”s for the last two years. In fact, if she had a why and you answered it, that was it. Done deal, question answered. On to the next thing.

Last Saturday, Squeak entered the Why Zone when she woke up.





I’m afraid this is a long term issue….


Blogger cgist said...

somewhere on the internet, i read a great article about "why". The article suggested that why might be more of a question designed to give the child information to put the experience into their context, rather than a true quest for correct answers. It was suggested that rather than answer, you ask the child why do you think the sky is blue?, we are having mac n cheese?, dogs bark?, etc.
This forces the child to reply in a statement and steers the conversation into a different pattern. It works with my nieces.

11/01/2009 10:59 PM  

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