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Monday, March 07, 2005

Philosophy and the 4 Year Old

When I became a Mom I thought I would get lots of those fun and funny questions from my children. Boo is really good at these questions. Why do pickles smell like throw-up? Who just tooted? Where does poopy come from? These are fun questions. And answers can be silly.

Then there is Bug. Today we had a 20-30 minute conversation on why lies are bad. Who gets hurt? When does a person go to jail? What is jail and what is life like in jail? And on and on and on. Granted, I'm proud of him and the fact that he is trying to figure out the world. But talk about draining. Eventually he asked if going to jail is like a really long time out. I took his example and ran with it. At the end of the discussion he decided that he didn't really want to ever go to jail. Good boy!

He is also trying to wrap his brain around time travel. Since traveling takes time he figures we just have to plot the trip on a map. Any ideas on explaining the time space continuim?

And the other questions of the day; "If the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, what controls the middle? And do the sides of the brain fight over what they control?

2 Comments:

At March 8, 2005 at 8:17 PM, Blogger Army of Mom said...

Yeah, it does get old after a while. My 2-year-old Stinkerbelle has hit the "wats dat?" phase. Everything. She wants to know what everything is. Then, once she knows what it is, she delights in either a)saying it over and over again or b)forcing me to say it over and over again. Gotta love the kids being smart and inquisitive, but give mom a rest!

 
At March 14, 2005 at 8:31 PM, Blogger R-Five said...

Then there is "If God can do anything, can he make a rock even He can't move?"

 

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