Question: "My kid's always asking questions. How should I handle my son's constant 'whys'?"
Ah, the endless "why?" When questions from your inquisitive toddler seem to come without ceasing ("Sweetheart, you need to take a bath." "Why?" "Because you got dirty at the park." "Why?" "Because you were having so much fun playing." "Why?"), what's the best thing to do? Grin and bear it — and keep up an equally constant stream of answers for your kid's never-ending questions.
True, the "whys" can rattle your nerves and your patience, but it's important to remember that your child is not deliberately trying to drive you bonkers (that will come later say — during the teenage years), this is just a step toward toddler learning (and your questioning kid really wants to learn). Toddlers are innately and unendingly curious about the world and want to better understand the things they see, hear, and do. Ignoring the questions kids ask may stifle that curiosity and desire for knowledge, something you absolutely don't want to do.
Another reason why children are constantly asking questions (and why it's important for grown-ups to respond to "why?") is that they've discovered that this one easily articulated word — perhaps more treasured than always saying "no!" — can get your attention and (even better!) a response. This kind of meaningful exchange is a remarkable thing to a beginning communicator (and to a little person who always wants your attention anyway) who's still mastering the art of conversational give-and-take.
What can you do if the endless cycle of "whys" starts to fray your nerves? Try turning the question around on your child. Ask him why he thinks the sky might be blue, or why he thinks you don't want him to eat an ice-cream cone before dinner. Curious children who love asking questions might also love coming up with answers. It may help him learn to think about things differently, from another perspective — but don't push it if he seems upset that you aren't giving him an answer. A response may require a moment of thought on your part (especially if your kid's asking questions about "adult" topics, like when your toddler first asks you about sex), but the benefits to him will last a lifetime.