Toddler’s question time

A toddler thinking what to ask next. It's question time!

René Descartes, The Riddler and Jeremy Paxman. To this list of prolific inquisitors must be added the name of my older son. Yes, Dylan seems to have reached a question-asking stage.

Not the question-asking stage in which the word ‘why?’ gets bandied about willy-nilly, you understand. No, it’s definitely a question-asking stage. Because there is a difference! Every day, Kate and I are subjected to his tenacious new line of inquiry.

Not an hour goes by without him articulating a query of some sort. Except, the things he’s asking aren’t always uttered with any desire to have his curiosity sated with new knowledge. Oh no.. he’s actually using questions as a cunning way of expressing what he wants.

I guess his logic is that it’s a bit direct and rude to just come out and say “I want a biscuit.” Which, of course, it is. Instead, he says “Do I want a biscuit, Daddy?”

See what he did there? The little fink! The trouble is that it sometimes works. If he catches me off guard, I tend to laugh at his chutzpah and think something to the effect of “Ah, go on then, you’ve earned it.” Outwitted by a child who is not yet three years old and me a trained journalist too. Oh dear.

It’s not just us he poses these questions to though. He can also be relied upon to talk to himself in this way while he’s playing and we’re in earshot.

Sometimes it’s clearly an act to show us how clever he is. “Is this an oviraptor? No! It’s a deinonychus!” It’s not that clever, I know. EVERYBODY knows those two lived at different ends of the Cretaceous period. Duh!

But some of the stuff he comes out with is quite existential at times. “Am I a cheeky monkey? No, I’m a boy.” Similarly, he insinuates that others are responsible when he’s clearly to blame. “Did I just parp?” Erm, yes Dylan. That was certainly you and definitely not me…

Of course, all of these questions and rhetoric are a good indicator that he’s already a good thinker. Even if he’s using his communication skills to manipulate me into giving him snacks.

So I’m quite happy for toddler’s question time to continue in this vein. The longer he leaves it to inquire as to where babies come from the better!

Comments

  1. Amanda

    Oh this made me chuckle! Aren’t they sneaky little things? I do love the different stages they go through like this, testing new ways of doing things… Keeps you on your toes, at least!

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  2. Richy

    Ah the question stage – fun and frustrating in almost equal measure, and DEFINITELY better than the “why” stage.

    Interestingly this is the third time in about 10 days that the difference between raptors and deinonychus has come up in my life. What are the odds?

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  3. Sarah Miles

    Hey, Tom – ‘Do I want a glass of wine?’

    Holy moly, it works! Good on you, Dylan!

    Hermione outwits me at every turn too. And then gives me the look, as if to say ‘sucker!’

    Nice theme btw 😉

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      Tom

      Cheers Sarah. Damn, you got me. Stick it on the list of drinks I’ve promised to buy you. Can’t believe they outwit us with such ease – little monsters! Thanks for your kind words about my theme; you should try it on that fine blog of yours too… 😉

  4. Emma T

    Oh joy, I’ve got that kind of thing to look forward to. We’ve not yet reached the ‘why’ stage, just the broken record of requests.

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  5. The Fool

    Matilda’s favourite question at the moment is ‘what you doing daddy?’ repeated every 30 seconds. Patience of a saint and all that

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      Tom

      Cheers Ben! Ah yes, that old classic. Thankfully, Dylan seems to have abandoned that one of late… 🙂

  6. Mark

    We’ve reached a similar stage, although instead of asking a question he just thinks aloud, very aloud, and finishes each thought with,
    “… that’s my plan”.

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