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Oct
30

Why Do Kids Ask So Many Questions?

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Finding Simplicity as a SAHM by Adrina Palmerquestion markI began writing this blog five or six times trying to avoid asking questions because my annoyance stems from my children’s questions. When you think about it, asking questions is a normal part of everyone’s day. At grocery stores they ask, “Did you find everything you need?” Or “Will that be all?” But not us moms…

As a stay-at-home mom, I do not hear the same questions my husband does. No one asks me if I finished a report, if I am ready for the next presentation, or if I want to join them for lunch.

I spend my day with non-verbal questions from the cat for more wet food and the dogs yipping to go outside. Then my kids come home from school. 

Wait a minute, back up. I forgot about the mornings!

As I stumble out of bed to the fresh cup of coffee, which my husband has waiting for me on the counter, my thirteen-year-old comes around the corner asking, “Hi mom! How did you sleep?”

I think I manage to grumble in response, which I hope Rick knows means, “I’m still asleep.” My girls, Bri and Alex, focus on getting ready for school, like they realize I should not be forced to deal with words until the bottom of my coffee mug is visible. Then the deluge starts:

“Mom, can I get on the computer after school?”

“Mom, can I take two juice boxes today?”

“Hey mama, can I put candy in my lunchbox?”

“After school can we go to Walmart so I can spend my report card money?”

“Mom, when you were my age did you like going to PE class, or did you think it was pointless exercise too?”

“Is it raining outside?”

“What’s for dinner tonight?”

The coffee pot is groaning at this point because it knows I will lean on it for my sanity. I should tell you, I am not a morning person. I am a night owl, so questions in the morning is a big fat no-no. This is the reason my husband has my coffee ready because he doesn’t to kiss me until I drink my magic elixir. Moving on. 

By school’s end, my kids, who are stuck at desks all day, are ready to bombard me with more questions. These tend to be similar to the morning questions. However, by dinner time, their question take a creative turn:

“Mom, what is your favorite meal EVER?”

“When you were my age what was your favorite dinosaur EVER?”

“If you opened a restaurant what type of food would serve?”

“What is your favorite part of the song Bohemian Rhapsody EVER?”

“When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?”

“Did you EVER want to be an actor?”

 

If the questions were not enough, every sentence that is not a question has an adverb or the word never:

“I literally never want to eat onions.”

Seriously, I never tried that before.”

“I really really want to eat ice cream tonight” 

Actually, I would love some cake tonight.”

By the time dinner is over I am ready to put a cease and desist order on the kids’ foreheads. One time I got so overwhelmed with their questions, I made a question cup and they had to write all of their questions down or I would not respond to the question. The method did not work, I had to find a pen and respond on paper. More work.

The other annoying aspect of my kids questions is, they do not ask their father near the amount of questions. Dad gets two questions: 

“Dad, where mom is?” And… “Dad, can I have five dollars?” (They ask him for money because I do not keep cash on me, I prefer virtual money.)

That’s it. No major Q&A sessions with dad. Three little people save all of their questions for me. Some days it gets on my nerves. Other days I can handle it with grace and I answer every question.

Every day I am thankful for the curious minds full of questions. 

Curiosity drives children to ask questions. They are question factories soaking up information to store in their brains. When they stop asking questions is the time for concern, that inevitable age of knowing. Most kids by the end of middle school believe they have mastered the world. Us older generations joke, “they should move out, get a job, and an apartment while they still know everything,” because those little question factories become little cynics. 

Why they are still asking, they still need you, they still rely on you. You are their point-of-contact for the world. Enjoy the questions for what they stand for – dependence on you and their youth. Any questions?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and is currently writing her first novel. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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