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“But Why…” and Other Questions?!”

I bet that the “why” question is heard by every parent in every corner of the world at least a million times a day.

– “Why is the grass green? Why can’t I have crisps for lunch? But F. mom gave him sweeties to school today! I want sweeties too! Why do I have to practice my notes? Does God exist? I want to be a vegetarian, what is a vegetarian? What is religion? How do we know that baby Jesus was a baby Jesus?”

You get the picture. The list of questions is endless, the supply of answers not so much. There is only so much making up and thinking one parent can do while trying to come up with useful solutions, while, in most cases, doing something else: driving, cooking, cleaning, reading, etc.

To be honest with you I feel exhausted every time I have to stretch my mind at 8.00am while coming up with some solution to a problem ‘cos one innocent question usually turns into a problem-solving quest. The quest, allow me to add that could not only satisfy my son but would be at least in 10% truthful and honest.

I have to say parents need to be resourceful and imaginative thinkers every minute of every day. I applaud all the parents who decided to take the high way and figure out answers even if they have none. You guys rock!


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Magda Olchawska is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer and screenwriter. She writes not only about making films and writing but also about financially independent and sustainable lifestyle. Her current projects include Ecotopia Universe and School Runs.

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