S is sick, and other toddler perceptions

One thing parenting has taught me is that my perception of the world is not to be taken for granted.  Just because something is apparent to me does not meant that it’s going to come across to Little Man as clearly.  Case in point:

One of Little Man’s favorite books is the Dr. Seuss alphabet book (you know, “Big A, little a, what begins with A?  Aunt Annie’s Alligator, A a A…” I think I can actually recite the whole book by heart).  There’s a lot of repetition in the book, which is one of its best (and, dare I say, worst) points.  Through this endless repetition, Little Man has really learned his letters nicely.  There’s only one glitch: the letter S.  Here is the text:

that's what happens when you change the formula...


little s

Silly Sammy Slick

sipped six sodas

and got

sick sick sick

As you can see, the letter “s” itself is not repeated in the same manner as the other letters.  As a result, my toddler thinks that the letter “s” is called “sick.”  I discovered this when we were at the end of the book, pointing at letters and identifying them.  Little Man was doing great until we reached “S.”  I pointed to the letter and he proudly said, in his little squeaky voice, “Sick!”  I just laughed.  Sick it will be, for now, at least.

Just this Shabbos, Little Man came up with another unique perception.  He was happily playing away when he passed some gas.  It totally interrupted his train of thought.  I could practically see his little brain going, “hmmm, what’s that?”  After it was done, he turned to me and said:  “Burp.  Diaper.”  (really, with his toddler pronunciation, it sounded more like “Burp.  Biaper,” which is cute on its own).  When I told my husband, he was quite impressed with Little Man’s cleverness.  Men.

10 thoughts on “S is sick, and other toddler perceptions

  1. Haha! So cute! In my experience, children are rarely “random”, they’re train of thought just moves differently. It’s great that you get to see the wheels moving, and you have the context to understand just what he means. I’m so impressed that he knows his ABC’s already! He’s almost ready for my class!

    On Shabbos, Rena burped (upwardly) after eating her cholent. I didn’t do anything except say “excuse me!” She thought for a minute, smiled, and made a pretend burp. And my husband clapped.

    1. I wish you could be his morah! That would be super! He has a couple of interactive toys that have helped with his numbers and letters. We’re looking for a toy that can help him learn his hebrew alphabet. If you see/hear of one, let me know!

      The Rena burp story is adorable! I love kids!

  2. haha! I love that! my 20 moth old can’t hardly say a single word yet… but the other day he wanted something from my husband, looked him dead in the eye and said clear as day “LET GO!” to which of course we all erupted into a huge pile of laughter at the table. toddlers are clever little things!

    thanks for stopping by my blog… I really like yours. I’m gonna sub ;)

    1. Toddlers are deceptively clever, I agree! Before Little Man was talking I got the distinct impression that he was just absorbing and filing information away, to be used later, when necessary.

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