By: Jennifer Murray

The Reason My Sanity is On It’s Last Leg…

If the average four year old asks 437 questions a day, that means that our 4 four year olds ask an average of 1748 questions per 24 hours.

Aye.Yie.Yie.

Here’s a small sampling…

Mommy, What are we doing after this nap?

What are you making me for lunch, Mama?

Can we play the Wii?

Where are MY SHOES?!!!

Was that naptime or night time?

What are you working on, Mama?

Why do we need to change clothes?

What o’clock is it?

What are we going to do tonight?

Can we go somewhere?

What’s that made out of?

Will you read this story to me, Mama?

Can I do the laundry? (I’m not even joking!)

Is it time to wake up yet? 

Can I go get my doggy?

Will you take a picture of this? 

Can I get a drink?

What can I help you with, Mom?

Why are you taking so long?

How many minutes until _____?

Are we there yet?  How long until we get there?

Why does it costs money?

Can we watch something?

What if _____?

Can I play with your phone? 

Can I go outside? 

Why do we have to wear shoes outside?

Can I have a hug?

Will you tuck me in?

Will you play ball with me? 

Can I get a puzzle/game out?

What are we going to do now?

Can you help me put my shoes on?

Why did it rain last night?  Is that rain or dew?

What do toads eat? 

Can I color? 

Can we make something?

Can you wipe me?

Mom, have you seen my ______?

What could we do?

Is today Sunday?

Are you kidding me?

How do you know that?

Can you tell my brothers to stop _____?

Sometimes it’s a miracle in itself that I can function at all! If I loose my sanity at least I’ll have plenty of company! =)

What questions do you get asked the most at your house?

13 Responses to “The Reason My Sanity is On It’s Last Leg…”

  1. Suzy
    September 23, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I was afraid that the 2-year-old behavior around here was going to make me deaf, but maybe that’s a good thing … perhaps I’ll only hear half the questions I’m asked come 2013, ha! (Love the list of questions, btw.) 🙂 HUGS!

    Keep up with me, Ted, and our Fab Four at http://four-by-two.blogspot.com.

  2. Ordinary Sarah
    September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    The most common at our house right now comes from our 8 yr old, “MOOOOOMMMM, what are we doing today???” said in the most depressed and bored voice.

    I guess our routine is getting a little too routine for him.

    Also? That sign in your post is The Children’s House in Saint Louis. I took a picture of it when we were there a couple of years ago. It is SO TRUE!

  3. Wiley
    September 23, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Having one four-year-old, I just shuddered reading that.

  4. Crystal
    September 23, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Our 3-year-old most frequently asks, “Mom, will you come get Jude?” He doesn’t like it when his 9-month-old little brother follow him around! 🙂

  5. Wendy
    September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    My almost 4 year old loves to ask us questions too, but he doesn’t wait for an answer. It usually goes something like this..
    “Mommy, can we go ______? Say yes, Mommy. Say yes!”

  6. Danielle Barton
    September 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow ! The funny thing is… I could almost copy and paste these questions… With a few changes… I have 3 girls ages 4, 4, & 3, a two month old, plus i babysit a 4 year old and a one year old. No wonder I’m
    Tired! 🙂 today’s my birthday and I literally had to
    Leave for a half hour, take a drive and cry a little before my husband
    Left for work. I call it my mental sanity break!

  7. Grady Pruitt
    September 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Man… And with 4, how often are you getting several of those questions at the same time?!

    Kids do seem to ask a lot of questions. Why do we lose that curiosity when we grow older? If we would grow more curious of the world around us, we might find more lessons we can learn.

    Good luck answering all those questions!

  8. Ruth
    September 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    My almost 4 yr old daughter asks me multiple times a day “what time is it?” I wouldn’t mind so much if she knew what that even meant! I cannot understand why she asks! Lol

    My 5 yr old asks me if he can do school (he’s homeschooling), if he can play games, or if I can play with him.

    Fortunately my 20 month old doesn’t talk very much yet, but he does sign & toddler-speak and in his own way asks me “help” “ball. I get it” & “I got it” which means, “can you help me” “can you get the ball cuz I can’t reach it” and “can i have my water”. Yeah, not sure how “I got it” means “water”, but whatev. 🙂

  9. Helen
    September 24, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    It doesn’t end! Mine are 11 & 17 & the main questions are “what’s for dinner?” & “when is it?” Oh, & of course, “can I have some money?”

  10. Amanda Ro.
    September 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I have a 4 1/2 hr old niece, so I hear a lot of the same questions.
    “Nama, what time is it??” “Nama, where are we going? (for the 5th time)” “Nama, can I play with your phone?” Or, my favorite yet: “Why??” (I answer) “Why??” (I answer, again) “Why??” (At which point, I say “Just because”)

  11. Ros
    September 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I have a 12, 5, & 4 year olds at home (i have a 19 YO away for college too). the younger two CONSTANTLY ask questions many of the same you listed….the one I hear the most, “what’s after that?” OH MY GOODNESS…my brain is going to explode one day from hearing that one TOO MANY times! LOL
    I can only imagine with four that age!
    even the 12 yo ask, “what’s for dinner, what are we doing today, what can i do, what is there to do, etc.” it doesn’t end. lol

  12. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
    September 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    It’s the repeated questions that do me in. So (I’m mean), I just say, “Have I already answered that question? Okay, then.” 🙂

  13. Susan McCurdy
    September 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    I’ll bet you always have the right answer too! You are a great mom and someday …sooner than you think…you will get four phone calls on Mother’s day and you get to ask all the questions! : )

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