naah - it's just that when I say "because I said so" it is when I am out of patience! "Please just do the right thing" is great!! Because it puts the burden of thinking onto the child. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can barely figure out my own "do the right thing," let alone everyone else's right thing! I think little kids often ask "why" when you direct them because they just don't know how to connect all the dots, and of course we can't take the time to explain every single thing we say! Yesterday someone asked me why, and I did say, "Because I am your teacher and I asked you to do it."