Mom talks a lot about asking questions, and I’m always wondering what questions I can ask a two or three year old. Questioning is clearly something that takes practice, and that I need more practice with. It still feels a bit awkward sometimes. But this time it came out right.
What did mommy ask you to do?
Bring the boxes to the chair.
What did you do?
Why was mommy unhappy?
I stacked the boxes.
Is stacking boxes bad?
[silence] No, stacking boxes isn’t bad. You have stacked boxes before. Was mommy unhappy because you disobeyed?
I think the question that came out that was different from previous questions was helping him to understand that the issue isn’t stacking boxes, but disobedience. Maybe he’s just getting to where he can understand that talk. I don’t think Bethel (2) would get it. She’s still pretty concrete in her thinking.