Emmett is a question asker, to the extreme. He wants to know everything about everything.. It feels like he bombards me with hundreds of questions a day.
Today he asked me why the zipper on his coat was plastic? I said, because that how it was made.
My answer led to almost a doze other questions, which were good questions, just overwhelming and difficult to answer.
I was wondering if it’s just my kids or do your kids do the same thing.
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I asked ALL the questions. I asked math questions going into five and six digits from the backseat as my mother drove me to preschool, I wanted to know how everything worked and would ask and ask and ask. You know those books like “How Come?” and “The Handy *insert topic* answer guide (Science and Physics ones were my favorite)? People would give those to me as birthday presents and Hanukka presents and then they wouldn’t be able to talk to me for the rest of the party because I would sit down and read them from cover to cover.
Still doing it, too- for my first “Let’s read a real Chinese book” I chose a Chinese equivalent of “How Come?”
Dropping a professional opinion here Rob, children with social difficulties sometimes ask questions as a way of maintaining or controlling an interaction. Sometimes, I’ll have kids ask me questions that they know the answer to because they want to interact but they’re not sure of any other way. With Emmett, it’s fairly age appropriate though, he’s at a very curious age 🙂
julh I like how you explained that! I do that a lot in conversations myself even now as an adult. I didn’t realize the connection but it makes perfect sense. Thank you!
No problem Silachan, it is sometimes a result of that being the main form of communication that is directed at them so that’s what they learn. A lot of parents ask questions to get some form of interaction with their kids so the kids inadvertently learn that that’s the way to hold a conversation
julh thank you for putting it so well. 🙂
My two spectrum kids as a lot of questions. My 4 year old aspie is currently habitually asking the same questions , ones she clearly knows the answers too. I try not to get too frustrated with it, but it never ends.
I’ll just echo what Jenn50 says: my 4-year old, while not completely non-verbal, doesn’t speak much expect to make requests and/or to make a general statements. And like her, I would do anything to hear the endless questions.
That said, my 4-year old’s twin brother – as Silachan points out – never shuts up with the questions.
@Michael Miller you’re right. Emmett didn’t speak for the first 2/3 of his life. I sometimes forget how lucky we are that he’s asking all these questions. 🙁
I wish. At 7 years old, my daughter uses 1-3 word sentences to make requests. She currently doesn’t have the ability to ask questions, nor does she usually seek other people to give her information or express her thoughts. It’s heartbreaking and I would give an awful lot to be pestered with a zillion questions. That said, I understand being tired of getting the constant barrage. When my neurotypical kids used to do that, I’d try to decide if they were truly looking for information, or trying to satisfy another need. If it was just a case of them being bored, or craving interaction, (usually the case) I’d find a less obnoxious way to fill that need. Either a functional conversation about something, or a game or activity.
Jenn50 you reminded me that everything is a matter of perspective. 🙂
It’s a normal thing for a kid his age. He’s about 4 isn’t he? I forget. But still, kids his age will play the 50 million questions about life game all the time. Lol.
http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/12/20/four-year-olds-who-ask-many-questions/ Funny blog about it.
Silachan thanks. 🙂