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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Smart pre-schooler

There's something that happens to little people between the ages of 2 and 4; they get this 'oh, that's how that works" or "that's what that is" look on their face. Things just seem to click in place for them.

Well, the same thing happens between the ages of 4 and 5, and I've never seen it so obvious than with my 4-year-old son. He'll be 5 in October and I can see how the world and things people say are just really making sense to him. He's rationalizing, explaining and reprimanding.

Here's a normal interaction that I often hear between him and his 3-year-old sister:

"Ow!" he yells.

"I said sorry," she says.

At this point I would hear him running toward me as she screamed behind him, "I said sorry! I said sorry!"

Then something changed.

"Ow!" he yelled.

"I said sorry," she responded.

"No, you didn't!" he countered.

"Yes, I did!"

"No, you didn't!" he insisted.

"Sorry, sorry, sorry!"

Hmmm? I thought. He finally realized that she was either tricking him or she just didn't know the right way to say it.

Then today's "conversation" took a different turn.

Once again I heard: "Ow!" he yelled.

"Sorry... I said sorry!"

There was a pause before he said, "It still hurts!"

My goodness, I thought, it seems like he's figuring out that sorry doesn't do much especially when it keeps happening. I find their interactions pretty funny.

But now something else is dawning on me: Why does my 3-year-old keep hitting and hurting her brother? Well, I guess that's a dilemma for another day.


A time when things were just a little quieter! (This was 1-2 years ago.)
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