Why do toddlers continue to ask ‘ why ‘?

This is part of the life phase in which they are trying to understand the “life” around them, difficult because we often don’t know exactly.Sometimes very annoying, but if it could be possible, try to give an answer anyway, maybe at a later time (if they ask again)? Especially later this forces us to introspection, why we do this or so. Within by yourself set boundaries makes this that children become inquisitive, learn reasoning, and use their minds instead of slavishly adopt everything from an authority, needed to make them later critical, thoughtful people, this you need in the Most functions in the Maarschappij that are the trouble. Since they were young teenagers, our children have been telling them nothing more, they wanted to know the “why” before they were going to tack. Quite exhausting, during our discussions now-both thirties-is often the justification for their claims on the net looked up, so my style has always been.

Around the third year of life, children begin to understand the world around them.From that year onwards, the pruning of brain cells begins and the creation of long connections between brain cells. Many things are forgotten about this. There are few people who can remember things for their third year of life.

One of the reasons for this is because many unconscious parts of the brain are still being developed in the first two years of life.

An important connection that is going to be laid from the third year is between the declarative memory and the episodic memory.Both are conscious processes, especially where the declarative memory is concerned. The brain part which plays a major role in these forms of memory is the amygdala.

The declarative memory plays a role in factual information, previous experiences and concepts.You will understand, that previous experiences learning to understand can be difficult in the second year if you do not remember it consciously.

Episodic memory plays a role in autobiographical events, so events that you have experienced yourself.Events in certain times and places, associated with certain emotions, events that are context sensitive and consciously questions are answered like, who what, where, when, but also why).

Why is a question about the usefulness of things and concepts.It helps children to contribute to society later in adulthood and thus also learn to understand their own contribution.

The road to adulthood takes a long time, so you can’t start early enough.

Incidentally C茅line you noticed that you ask a lot why questions on Quora?Why? 😉

Metaphysics by Aristotle -Book I. “All men by nature desire to know.An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; For even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; And above all others the sense of sight. “

Young children do not yet have so much resources to find out things.They cannot read them, so they can’t look it up. So they have to ask. In addition, children are so constituted that they learn from adults. By looking and imitating, but also by asking for help and instruction. This applies to many species of mammals.

For exactly the reason, that you ask me a “why question”!

To learn to understand the world, to learn to understand itself and to understand other people.

You too imagine “why ask” to learn to understand others: toddlers.



I keep asking that too.At age 34. I should rather know why then what. In toddlers I think that curiosity must be the motive. But since I still want to know that it can have to do with the ground of everything. Because what is always because of a why. There is water on earth, which is what but why is for our lives to offer. Without water on earth there would be no life. Why? You know the answer to this I do not go into it.

Any question that starts with why, and if question remains unexplained, is offensive in rhetoric.In principle, toddlers ask for attention. As a parent, you have to ask yourself how often you “bombarded” the child with why-questions. Try to avoid questions or explain them with explanations. This way the child learns that attention questions are complicated and must be precise.

Because they still have to learn a lot.

Curiosity they want to know I still have that but not so annoying

Because they are curious.They haven’t seen and experienced the world, like you and me.

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