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Oh The Joy Of The Why Questions!

By Fredrica Syren:

One of my least favorite phases of kids’ development is the “why” phase. My youngest Liam just started it; I had totally forgotten how tiring it could be. Everything I say to him is followed by “Why?” I have learned that it’s important to answer the question as honestly as possible and without frustration. Yeah, right!!! I try, but — really — sometimes there is no end to his asking me why.liam-on-bike

Me: “We have to pick up your sister and brother.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Because we don’t want to leave them in school.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Because they are your siblings we have a responsibility to get them.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Because we love them.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Because they are my kids.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Because Mom and Dad really wanted children.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “We love each other and want to be a family.”

Noah: ”Why?”

Me: “Because most humans like to grow a family. It’s in their DNA.”

Noah: “Why?”

Me: “Well 200,000 years ago, the first human …”

Sigh … You get the idea. why

Around the age of 3 or 4, kids will start asking lots of questions and more questions. And our answers will be followed by … yup, you’re right, more questions! They just never seem to be satisfied. Although it might be annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone and should be celebrated. I think it’s okay to tell your child that you don’t know at times, and maybe even to look up answers and learn together. This is just a peak at children’s curiosity☺

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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