Top 5 Questions all Parents want Answers to … or do we? 

As parents we often complain about how inquisitive our kids are. If you try to tell me that the “But why mom?” doesn’t get to you, you’re a liar! It gets to all of us!

But there are some questions us as parents ask every day, which, in my opinion, must be rhetorical because the alternative is too awful to contemplate, that there actually is a reason. What do you think? 

Here are the top 5 questions I constantly ask of my children:

1.”Why?” This is my top question that I ask them multiple times every single day. It can be used when asking your child to explain their reasoning or life choices. For example:

  • why are you licking the car window,
  • why did you eat your boogers,
  • why are you incapable of flushing the toilet,
  • why don’t you want to eat the meal you just asked me to prepare.

I even ask this question to myself when they are not around, usually when I walk into their bedroom and see the mess and destruction, or realise that my roses have been picked to mix up a ‘potion’ – I sh*t you not!

None of these questions need to be asked in full though, one word will suffice – “Why?”  often meant as “Why, for the love of god, why?” and is often accompanied by tears, a sob, or a sudden intense craving for wine and chocolate.


2. “Where are your shoes?” They can never find them! The reasons are either a) they can’t be bothered to look, or b) have no intention of getting them as a delay tactic because they don’t actually want to leave the house! I also ask this question every single day.

3. “What is that smell?” Really? Do we really want to know what that smell might be? Unless it smells like something is burning, just leave it. You are better off not knowing. Trust me, I’m a parent!

4. “Did you flush?” The constant reminder to actually flush the toilet after use just blows my hair right back! Seriously! Use it, flush, wash hands, repeat! How do you skip one step? You go to the toilet at least five times a day? How? Why?

5. “How was school?” I actually blame myself for hating this question now. If I hear the reply “Fine!” one more time I might actually scream! The other top replies are “Boring” or “I don’t want to tell you!” Great replies kids. Glad to see those private school fees are worth it and you are actively engaged in learning at school! Why?

I could do a whole other post on similar questions I ask my husband, but for the sake of ‘happily ever after’ I might just keep them to myself!

What are the most asked questions you ask your family?

This post has been linked to the following linkys: 

You Baby Me Mummy
Life Love and Dirty Dishes


  1. Author

    I almost peed my pants reading this! If we could just get a dime for every time we ask these questions, we could buy an island to hide from our kids on. 😉 #ShowMeYours

  2. Author

    LMFAO! So true. “Why?” is my biggest question and I probably ask it at least 100 times a day. They’re crazy creatures, I’m telling ya!
    Thanks for linking up with #ShowMeYours
    Hope to be seeing you there again!

    1. Author

      I want to start a petition for all moms of boys to teach their son’s that picking up a towel will not only NOT kill them, but might actually help ensure their spouse doesn’t plot their death daily. lol
      Thanks for reading.

  3. Author

    Arg the shoes! Why can’t they put them in one place and then they are always there?! We also lose hairbrushes on a daily basis even though we have four (so we can always find one…). ‘Where is the hairbrush?’ is my daily question! #thelistlinky

  4. Author

    Oh yes, most of these I ask too. Flushing! Drives me nuts. What’s worse is that he denies that he hasn’t done it as though I’ll not realise that he was the last one in the bathroom and won’t check. #thelistlinky

  5. Author

    Haha yup I think I ask all of these on a daily basis. Whenever I ask my daughter how school was, she tells me she can’t remember! Aaargh! #blogcrush

  6. Author

    So, so true! Unfortunately, my kids have started answering my questions, which is actually worse! “How many times do I have to tell you?” – “Oh, 7 or 8” my son answers! #TheList

    1. Author

      Mine too! Little do they realise I’m counting too … counting so I don’t lose my sh*t! lol

  7. Author

    Haha, I have been known to shout “just why, whhhhhhy, for the LOVE OF GOD whhhhhhy” the kids normally take that as their cue to shout – “it wasn’t me!” #FridayFrolics

    1. Author

      You’d think that after two years of training they’d eventually get it.

  8. Author

    Where’s anything they own in my house! I seem to be the keeper of all things. The only person with the knowledge of things are supposed to go and where they actually go! Loved this. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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  10. Author

    Haha! So true – I do ask my kids ‘WHY??’ nearly as often as they ask me! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

    1. Author

      Mine ask me “where?” … same thing I guess. lol

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