When my kids asked 'why' over and over and over again, I assumed they were either trying to get my attention (so I'd give it to them --I'm not interested in having a war with kids who are determined to lever my attention out of me no matter what it costs them, I like living in a house that's not currently burning down).
Now, just because I'd figured it was simpler to give them attention didn't mean I was willing to be rational or sensible... so my answers to questions were often like Calvin's dad's (from Calvin & Hobbes)... completely unrelated, imaginary, original, deranged.
"Because you got the mean mommy, that's why."
"Because everything has to be somewhere, it's a law of physics."
Et cetera. I figured as long as I was having fun...
at 10:43 AM on Aug. 6, 2010