“Why, Dad?” I cannot tell you how many times each day I have been asked that question over the last 8 years. The worst part is the question “why” seems to be a never ending rabbit trail of curiosity. I answer the first why and immediately follows a second. And “because” never seems to be a satisfying answer to my children. Curiosity is something I want my kids to have, but the amount of questions they ask can be exhausting.
Kids ask a lot of questions. A recent study states that “mothers are asked 228 questions a day”. And that is just for one child. (My wife and I have 5 – sooo…) Parents get asked numerous questions a day. As kids age the rate at which these questions come decreases. So a 4 year old girl may ask upward of 350 questions a day, but a 9 year old boy may be closer to a mere 150. While the number of questions may decrease as they get older, it seems inversely true that the difficulty of question rises.
“In all our inadequacy, we can learn with our kids, bathe them in the Bible, and help them count the cost.”Rebecca McLaughlin
As kids age, as questions grow more difficult, it can be disorienting, discouraging, and disturbing to parent. But it doesn’t have to be. And if I’m honest I think that is exactly where parenting is meant to put us – recognizing our own inabilities. But it also allows us to get help. Those are two truths I pulled from Rebecca McLaughlin’s article “Help! I Don’t Know How to Answer My Kid’s Tough Questions“. It is a good read with some very timely help no matter where you may be in your parenting (or questions asking) journey.
Rebecca gives 3 opportunities those tough questions provide for us as parents. Which one did you appreciate most? Which do you feel like your parents did well? What one do you think you could work on more? As always I’d love to hear from you, leave me a comment. And be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day.
Until Next Time…