There is a Six Sigma management technique that is used to identify the root cause of problems called "The Five Whys." You start with an issue and continue asking why until you get to what the problem really is. Doctrine has it that it was developed by a guy in Japan at Toyota. I implore that it was more than likely developed by the mom of an inquisitive toddler who recently learned the word, "why."
Earlier this week we were in the car and Bailey asked a question. I gave a response, and she said, "Why?"
We were so excited! She hit a developmental milestone! This is big news! We need to log this stardate!
Three days later, and we are wishing she'd learn a new favorite word already. Every question and response is now reduced to a one word response.
Bailey: I have pockets in my dress?
Me: No, sweetie, there are no pockets in that dress.
Me: Because the dress didn't come with pockets.
Me: Because they didn't sew any on when they made it.
Me: Because they wanted to save fabric to sew more dresses.
Me: Because the person that designed the dress didn't think you needed them.
Me: Because clearly the person that designed the dress didn't have a two year old of their own.
This sort of dialog continues for 30 minutes at a time. I've now clearly identified the root cause to the lack of pockets in girls' dresses amongst dozens of other earth moving revelations.
Need to learn the answer to word peace? Want to know why your DVD player isn't working? Just ask a two year old. Chances are, she's got all of the right questions.