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I do not believe Tara was being disobedient when asking my “why?” in response to something I told her to do. She is genuinely curious about many things, including why in the world I would tell her to do something! In fact, I am thankful that she asks questions, it’s one of the best ways to learn!
However, I do want to keep the same pattern with which we began…”Yes m’am” and then scooting to action.
So instead of barking at her for not obeying me, by God’s grace, He helped me see right away that these moments lend wonderful teaching opportunities. My response the first time (and several times thereafter! we are a bit forgetful at three) was to explain that when I tell her to do something, it’s important that she respond with “Yes m’am,” move to action and then she may ask me why.
Are your toddlers full of questions these days?