“Questioning takes as much skill as giving the right answers!” ~ Unknown
Children question everything don’t they? In part, this is a good thing we need them to be curious about the world in which they live, questioning and finding the answers is how we learn.
What about the one question that is asked the most – ARE WE THERE YET? Oh, how often have we heard that one, we’ve barely turned the corner of the street and one of them pipes up with are we there yet?
It’s the other type of question that tends to annoy as they repeatedly ask – Why do I have to go to bed, why do I have to eat that, why do have to tidy up? And the list goes on.
I learnt very early on as a parent that children are challenging, it’s part of their make-up. Therefore, in an effort to reduce tensions, when issuing an instruction to one of my children I usually included the word because and said why I needed them to do as they were asked, unfortunately, it didn’t work every time!
My late husband always used the word but he was old school, and the word was usually included in his answer – Because I told you to! He never learned the skill of avoiding/reducing child confrontation.
Every morning I ask this question of myself – Why do I wake up so early? It seems to make little difference whether I go to bed at ten o’clock, eleven o’clock or midnight, I’m almost always awake before six . Waking up early means a long day ahead, and it’s often difficult to fill those hours.
I am fortunate that all my children live close by, I spend a lot of time with each of them, and I catch up with friends regularly.
I’m certainly not lonely, I enjoy having time to myself and spending time alone with just the dog is never a problem, but since I retired coming to terms with long days is difficult, it’s inevitable that occasionally I become bored.
I’m a doer, but I become bored easily I need to be busy, my mind and body needs stimulation. Over the years I became what my late husband called a professional volunteer! I volunteered as a nurse in a hospice, Sunday school teacher, classroom assistant, chair of the PTA and a school governor at the school where I worked, but I’ve no desire to start any of that again.
As an adult and the mother of five children, I went to university and gained a degree, but that wasn’t enough for me, despite landing my dream job of teaching computing. I took it one step further and went to college in the evenings to become a Microsoft Specialist.
Why can’t I ditch a couple of hours, wake up around eight o’clock instead of before six o’clock? I wouldn’t have time to be bored if I woke a little later, though knowing me, I would probably start to complain that there weren’t enough hours in the day! There’s no pleasing some people!
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the word-prompt QUESTION from Weekly Prompts – http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/10/17/word-prompt-question