When we ask our toddler questions, most of the time my partner and I are excited for him to answer. Responses to easy ones like “where’s your tummy?” and “where are your toes?” and “what’s the meaning of life?” often give me bursts of pride so fiery and explosive they’re like action sequences from '80s movies. However, as all parents know, we have to ask our kids all kinds of things, not just the fun stuff. While some of the best questions to ask your kids can yield awesome, thought-provoking, educational, hilarious results, some of them...um...might not.
Most of the time — since our toddler does in fact have the verbal skills of a toddler — our interactions with out kid are a mish-mash of excited yet choppy combinations of words, syllables, gestures, and pointing (so much pointing). I mean, if we counted all the things he can point to as part of his vocabulary, his word count would be up to, like, a billions words. And while I'm completely confident that he understands more of what his dad and I say to him than he's able to say back, alas, our interactions are still pretty one-sided. This means that we are forced to ask him for far more information than he currently offers, including but not limited to questions such as: