Because I Said So

My lad and I were talking the other day about how he HATES IT when parents say do it, or stop it, or whatever it ... BECAUSE I said so.  So having the word prompt gives me a chance to talk about that conversation a bit.
Because I Said So

"I hate it" he said
"I hate it indeed"
"When you or another adult
say that word to me".

"Why," I inquired
"Do you hate it so?"
"What's wrong with the words
Because I say so?"

"It gives me no information,
No reason, no why."
He explained.
"It just says because I said so"

"Ah," I replied
"Sometimes no reason is needed
and that's why it's said"
No reason at all.

"But mom, that's not fair"
My son added on
"I have to give a reason, 
So why shouldn't you"?

I acceded that my lad had a point. 
If I expect one thing from him
Why should I not model the same?
And then I remembered a reason I have!

"My son, but you know, quicker
thinking you are."
Sometimes I say "because I said so" 
because my brain the reason can't find.

And so he agreed, that reason did work
"But MOM you must try!"
And So I agreed.
Easy is not best.

So give it your all, 
not the easiest way.
Teach your children WHY
A reason do give.
Because that's how they learn.

Train up a child in the way he should go
And when he is old he will not depart from It.

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  1. The why is so super important for some children, isn't it? But, they don't always get the why so learning to function without it is important, too.

    1. There is that as well. :)


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