Sunday, June 7, 2009

Why?

Ella (5 yrs) is starting to ask "Why?" to a variety of questions. And she really wants an answer, making my brainpower tested on a daily basis.

Today was "Why do we light off firecrackers on the 4th of July?"

Does anyone realize how hard it is to explain how firecrackers are representative of the explosions during the American Revolution which are set off on the anniversary of our Independence from England?

Yeah. It's tough.

I used the phrases "trying to be the boss of us" and other kid friendly terms, but I am ~very~ firm on the fact I will always explain any question in real ways, no matter what the question. I may explain in terms they can understand (ie: during my FET, we put 'baby eggs' in mommy's belly), but the truth is told.

I'm suddenly reminded of the X Files. "The Truth is Out There."

(is that even from the x files? and am I even right in my explanation of firecrackers?)

13 comments:

areyoukiddingme said...

I think you're partly right about the fireworks, but I think it's also because they make pretty lights in the sky. I know fireworks originated in China, and were used for celebrations there.

I know my daughter will be the same way, so when I saw a book called "Why?" at the library book sale, I bought it. It has nothing about fireworks, though.

Morgan said...

Wait until they start asking sex questions lol!

Heather said...

It's tough when they ask questions, but I try to remind myself as Phoebe peppers me with them constantly that asking questions is a sign of intelligence.

Heather said...

Ha! Your explanation is far better then mine. Sometimes I want to say "just becuase , that's why!" LOL!
Heather

Kristin said...

Yeah, I am pretty sure that is the xfiles and I think you are right with your explanation.

the mol said...

I make it a point not to lie to my kid/kids. If it is going to hurt, I let him know. I say it will hurt for a bit but it helps make him better.

I'll also be curious to see what happens when he starts in with the "Why" stuff.

Birdee said...

Heh- I have no idea about the fireworks, I thought they were just a symbol of celebration. See what I (don't) know?

(In regards to Morgan’s comment)
When my son asked about "sex" and "where do babies come from", I plugged in "Life's greatest Miracles".
LOL, the look of horror on his face "The Penis goes where? Do I have to do that?" He was quite a bit younger. Now he just thinks he's smarter than mom. Like the time he was showing me what a condom was (that his friend gave him), and it was a rubber fingertip (LMAO) I told him, "Yeah, maybe it is for your friend, but for most ppl it's a rubber fingertip".
Kids are so funny.

Elana Kahn said...

I totally agree with always telling kids the truth in terms they can understand. Besides, would you rather they learn about sex, drugs & rock 'n roll from their friends who don't know what they're talking about?

ROFL at Birdee's comment.

jenn said...

nice. yup- totally the x-files. love that show!

Jen said...

And I thought it was just because guys wanted an excuse to blow shit up!

Lisa said...

I love the "why" questions. I think it's a good sign that they are curious and want to learn. One of my friends bought me a book called "How It Works" as a baby shower gift. She wanted to make sure that I could answer all of the boys' questions on how thing work. It is actually an awesome book. I guess she figured since my DH is an engineer and is extremely curious, the boys would be as well...

Robin said...

Just wait until the really good questions start happening!! I had a student who asked her mom what a blow job was in the middle of the grocery store. ha ha

Carrie said...

Yes - X-Files. I'm a total geek for that show.

Don't know about the fireworks explanation, but it makes sense to me!