Toddlers are at the stage where they constantly ask questions, particularly from the age of 4 onwards. Some of the most common being ‘What’s this?’ and ‘Why?’.
It is important to keep in mind why your toddler is asking you these questions, which could be to:
- Understand the world around them
- Figure out how things work
- Practise their language and communication skills
- Start a conversation
- Get attention.
How To Handle Your Toddler’s Questions
- Don’t ignore their questions. They need these answered so they can learn and reason for themselves
- Be patient. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, use calming techniques such as counting to 10
- Ask your toddler the answer, e.g. you can respond to questions with ‘What do you think?’ This can help to break the repetition and provides an opportunity for them to think for themself
- If you’ve had enough questions from your toddler for one day simply let them know ‘That’s enough questions for today. Mummy is tired now’
- Try and answer their questions the best you can. Also explain to them that some questions have tricky answers, such as ‘What happens after you die?’. It’s important to only tell them an answer appropriate for their age.