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    Why do children ask why?

      Sometimes they are just curious. This is our opportunity to teach them new things. At other times, they are troubled by something. This is our chance to help them deal with whatever is bothering them. I will write more about these kinds of ‘whys’ in the future. This post is concerned with another type of ‘why’- the type that masquerades as a request for information, but in fact is a negotiation technique. Or delaying tactic.  Or a distraction. And often it works. ‘Can you please pick up your coat off the floor?’ ‘Why?’   ‘Please tidy up your room’ ‘Why? I don’t mind the mess and it is MY…