The Answers To All Those Burning Questions You’ve Been Too Embarrassed To Ask

When you were a kid, you probably asked the question, “why?” all the time. Why is the sky blue? Why do cats always land on their feet? Why can’t I have ice cream for dinner? Over time, the word “why” seems to appear in your vocabulary less and less. Now, as an adult, you don’t ask it nearly as much as you should.

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Why Do 5-Year-Olds (And Under) Like To Watch The Same Movie Every Day For Months At A Time?

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“Young children love repetition, whether it’s watching a video or listening to song lyrics, because it’s the best way for them to acquire and master new skills. In order to learn something well, children this age practice it until they get it right, hence the repeated watching.

What is your child practicing by repeatedly watching a video? It depends on the video, of course, but it could be that he doesn’t yet understand the storyline. And the more he watches, the better he’s able to understand.” —u/Sumit316