Anyone who has ever had a conversation with a young child knows that the most important word to him is WHY. A child will ask why questions until his curiosity about a topic is fully satisfied. I have heard the adults in these conversations get irritated. I have heard adults respond with Just Because. Or Stop Asking So Many Questions.
When an adult complains about not being able to reason with a child, I find it's usually code for:
I don't have a good reason and this kid is calling me out on it. And it's annoying.
But doesn't this make the adults the unreasonable ones? Literally, these adults are saying that Reasons are not worth discussing. Maybe they have stopped asking why in their own lives, and it's easier for them if no one else asks why either. It's these adults who can kill curiosity in children. It's these adults who train children to accept that there are just some things that we do, for no good reason.
I don't expect my children to do anything without at least one good reason. And just because I said so is not a good reason. Neither is because I'm an adult and I know better than you. If I can't come up with a good enough reason to do something, then I don't expect them to believe it's an important thing to do. I want my children to grow up to continue to ask why until something makes sense to them. And if it doesn't make sense to them, I want them not to go along with it.
Think about if you have a good reason for everything you do today. Have you stopped asking why?
If so, why? :)