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Toddler Tales (25): Question Hour

In our home, it's question hour every hour Little Dude is awake. Not long ago, he started asking 'What is this?' while pointing at everything. I was expecting this, but he has quickly graduated to other questions, such as 'What are you doing' (he asks this often, even when he clearly knows the answer), and 'Where's it gone?' (after hiding said item). I'm handling the barrage of questions as patiently as I can. Mainly because, I was a very inquisitive child well into 5-6 years of age, and I remember my father patiently answering all my questions to the best of his knowledge. I think I learned a lot of new things this way. Even today, I love learning about things that are completely unrelated to my life, such as astrophysics and psychology!

Anyway, I realised that questioning is an important step in the cognitive and linguistic development of a child. With the power of language, toddlers use resources (us, books, television) to learn about their world. This stage is most active around 2-3 years of age, so I am trying to give the little guy as much information as I can!

The oncoming of this 'questioning' also brought another thing to my attention. Little Dude is now speaking in complete sentences! I think questions are easy to form into sentences, and he has started making other statements as well. He says things like 'I'm going to the park' and 'I'm having foodie!'.

So, if you have a toddler who you think talks a lot, enjoy it while it lasts!

(Toddler Tales are snippets of what I'm learning every day from my little one.)

This post has been linked to Small Steps Amazing Achievements.

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Kim Carberry said...

Ahh I remember the days of nice easy questions like 'what is it? what are you doing?....My girls love to ask questions too but as they are older they ask impossible questions...What's the meaning of life, where is god and where do babies come from....lol Only this morning on the way to school I had 'how can birds fly?' lol Google is so helpful...hehehe x

Tarana Khan said...

Okay....I am not looking forward to those questions! But I'll probably consult Google too.

Meredith said...

I want my little one to learn how to talk so bad, because the lack of understanding between the two of us is driving me crazy most days....but, maybe this post is a good reminder that I should enjoy this stage. If only he could stop screaming my name all the time.

Sara Murray said...

It is a lovely stage, but the questions do get harder :) #SSAmazingAchievements

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, that's such a toddler thing!

Tarana Khan said...

I should mentally prepare myself for that!

Lizzy Allan said...

Isn't it just so beautiful and fascinating witnessing their speech develop? Your little man is so lucky to have such a patient mum! My son didn't talk particularly early, but once he started, my goodness me, he never wanted to stop and he's still talking non-stop the age of nine! I wish I'd written down some of the cute things he said when he was little. At the time, I thought I would never forget them, but you do. Blogging is such a great way for recording all these memories, isn't it?

Dawn, MummyWifeWoman said...

Ahhhh its so wonderful when they start to question the world around them isnt it. Bruiser is at the 'Why' stage and 'Whats this for Mumee?'. I agree that google is great when they are older, my eldest now consults google himself first and then tests me!!!
linking up with #SSAA

Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

My son isn't at the questioning phase yet, but thanks for the reminder to enjoy it while it lasts!

Tarana Khan said...

It is! I'm writing all this so it remains fresh in my mind and gives my son an opportunity to revisit his childhood as often as he wants.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, he's a smart boy! Thanks for stopping by.

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you liked my post, Katie!

BakedPotato Mummy said...

Potato has been saying 'WhatIsIt?' and 'WheresItGone?' (all one word) for several months, but I'm waiting for the onset of the real questioning phase any time now. He's very inquisitive, so I know he's going to have more questions than I can answer!

I came across your blog on #SSAmazingAchievements and I just wanted to say I'm very glad I did. My husband lives & works in Dubai, but for now I live in UK. Reading your blog has given me lots of ideas of what to do when Potato and I visit D. Am following you on twitter too now, so look forward to tweeting with you :) (@LoobyLu77)

Tarana Khan said...

How nice to have connected with you! Do be in touch if you need more tips about Dubai :)

Jane Roberts said...

It must be great to be able to converse like this, even if it feels like question time for most of the day. It's a great way for him to learn about the world. I really hope we get to this point at some stage with Ethan.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it is a big step to be able to converse with him!

Rebecca Beesley said...

ah bless him - how lovely! My little girl is still on single words but i'm sure it wont be long until we get the questions too! xxx

Tarana Khan said...

It'll probably happen soon!

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