Forget-me-not-Friday #66

Since starting preschool, my 4 year old is asking a lot more questions. It’s great that she’s curious about the world, people and the way everything works, but sometimes it hurts my brain?

We’re just leaving a car park on a VERY rainy day, where a poor car park attendant had the joy of standing for hours on end ushering drivers to the relevant available parking spaces and dealing with many who had ‘car park rage’ (myself not included).

Me: “Poor man, having to stand there in the rain all day dealing with that.”

4 year old, pondering on this: “Does he ever go to sleep?”

Me: “Oh yes, he’ll go home at the end of the day and go to bed.”

4 year old: “But why do we need to go to sleep?”

Me: “Well, so our brains and bodies can rest for the next day.”

4 year old: “But why do they need to rest?”

Me: “Because otherwise they get very tired and can’t play or learn as much at school.”

4 year old: “But why can’t we play as much?”

Me: “Well if we haven’t had enough sleep, our bodies get too tired.”

4 year old: “But why do they get too tired?”

Me, just beginning to tire slightly: “That’s the way our bodies and brains work- they need sleep at night to work.”

4 year old: “But why do they need sleep?”

Me, now performing a silent scream in my head: “Because that’s the way our bodies work- we need to sleep and rest every night.”

4 year old, pondering again: “I get lots of sleep don’t I?”

Me, thinking she could probably get a little more sleep at times, but breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of the conversation drawing to a close: “Yes, you do.”

4 year old: “Shall we watch Frozen when we get in?”

Me: “Certainly!”


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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