My three-year old son is at an age where he is trying to make sense of the world. He is currently at the stage where he is constantly asking questions. Yesterday as he and I were lying beside each other in bed he began asking me why do we have questions.
“Daddy, why do we have fans?”
“We have fans to keep us cool.”
“Daddy, why do we have blinds?”
“We have blinds to block out light so we can nap.”
So far I’m batting a 1000.
“Daddy, why do we have tongues?”
A little bit tougher, but I got this one.
“We have tongues so that we can taste our food.”
I’m sure there’s more to this one, but he was satisfied with my answer, and so was I.
Luckily for me he is only three and luckily for me he fell asleep in the next few minutes.
But he will wake up soon and when he does he will be five, then ten, then fifteen.
And he will have much tougher questions like;
“Daddy, why do we stop reading fun books in 3rd grade?”
“Dad, why do we take so many tests?”
“Hey Dad, why do we have to keep our laptops at home?”
I have no idea how I am going to answer these questions and still look him in the eye. Because you see right now, at three years old, he fully accepts the answers I give him as truth, without question. And he should!
But he’s going to be up from his nap soon. And he’s going to start asking tougher questions. I can’t let him down. He has always come to me for the truth. I better be ready. Because right now I am not. Right now I know that the answers that I have for him are not good enough.
Yesterday I saw this image, attributed to Eric Sheninger, and I feel it applies perfectly to my situation.
My son is very important to me. I better figure out how to answer his questions before he wakes up. Better yet, I need to eliminate the need for him to ask these questions in the first place.
He deserves better!
All of our children deserve better!
Their naps are almost over.
Are we ready for their questions?