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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Conversations With My 2.5-Year-Old



Yesterday Anders and I were reading a book about cats. When I read this page, Anders pointed to the "scary cat" and said, "He not scary. He frustrated. Soooooo frustrated. "

A little while later I said, "Anders, I am going to the Culture Club today. Do you want anything." Anders said, "Almonds. And a cement mixer." *This is called "wishful thinking" on the part of a toddler. He knows the Culture Club sells food and not cement mixers. But he enjoys the thought of buying a cement mixer.

This morning Anders was playing a friend of ours who was visiting. Anders was holding his green plastic saw and said to our friend, "I saw you." Our friend looked horrified and said, "Noooooooooo!!!" Anders said, "It not real saw. It pretend saw." *Anders likes to pretend to fix things with his tools. Previously he has always pretended to fix his tractor, his bike or walls. Yesterday a well-meaning adult friend of ours pretended to fix Anders with Anders's tools... And now Anders likes to pretend to fix people with his tools as well. It looks identical to the tractor video I posted except it's a person instead of the tractor. 

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  1. I wonder if the authors of the cat book understood they were mixing physical descriptors with emotional descriptors like that?

    I wonder why Anders wanted to saw somebody?

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    1. Exactly! Is frustrating how little thought goes into the writing of almost all books and especially ones for children.

      Anders likes to pretend to fix things with his tools. Previously he has always pretended to fix his tractor, his bike or walls. Yesterday he asked me if he could pretend to fix me with his tools. I am not sure where it came from but will try to find out. Either way, we played "fixing mom with tools" many times yesterday. It looks identical to the tractor video I posted except it's me instead of the tractor. Glad you pointed this out so I could clarify! Thanks!

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    2. Just tracked it down. Thank you SO MUCH again. Adding this to the post.

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    1. Yes, except Anders has never seen surgery so that is not what he is actually pretending. His concept of fixing broken things will expand from machines to human bodies with their similarities and differences eventually but for now his concept of fixing a human body is identical to fixing a machine. I am sure I can find some great YouTube videos of bodies being fixed to remedy that!

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