2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan
24th Michigan Monument Gettysburg Pa
Norbert Chan wrote:
eventually she will realize there is no such beast.
What!?!? You mean they don't exist? Why didn't anyone tell me!!! Why did you have to be so mean and break it to me like that. You are a cruel man. I know Santa's not going to bring you anything this Christmas!
We bought some wooden blocks for the little princess, who is 21 months old. One of the blocks has a unicorn on it. She went up to me, pointed to it and said "Elephant".
So what do we do? Do we know always refer to an unicorn as an elephant? It's as if the unicorn has been stricken from the gene pool.
And if we do teach her what a unicorn is, enabling her imagination to know no boundaries, eventually she will realize there is no such beast.
I didn't realize parenting was so hard.
I don't really see the problem.
The horse with the horn on it's head is deffinately not an Elephant. Mythical beasts aside, you're teaching her the wrong picture for Elephant.
At any rate, I see nothing wrong with telling her it's a unicorn. When she's a little older, you just tell her that unicorns are "make believe" or "pretend" or "made up". You can also tell her that there are lots of other pretend animals, like Dragons, and Hippogriffs, Leprechauns, and God...
As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three travellers, men of Willowdale, emerge from the forest's shadow. Fording the river, they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of The Necromancer...
They're cute when they are able to modify an entire family's vocabulary. When my oldest son was very young, he greatly enjoyed the Crab Rangoon from the local Chinese takeout, but thought that they were Crab Raccoon. He loved to eat those yummy Raccoons. One time, he could not remember the name and got frustrated trying to coax the name from his memory. He finally sighed and asked us to order some "Squirrels" from the Chinese place (right zip code, wrong tree, eh?). For the last 11 years, our family has eaten Squirrel Dumplings, not Crab Rangoon.
And thanks to my princess (now age 6), the orca at Sea World will forevermore be named "Shampoo".
PS No way unicorns are not real. I swear one of them ate Lisa Frank and then took a dump all over the Justice store at the mall.
Actually, she already knows what it is. She is just acting out of the little girl/unicorn conspiracy. See, she has already met unicorns, and learned that boys and men can't see their horns. She was just saying elephant to through you off.
I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not, and I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.
I remember bits of my Psychology classes I took in college some mumblety-mumble years ago. At that age the difference between what is real and imaginary is almost non-existent. They have no way to tell what things are real and what are not, and trying to explain it to them is futile -- your words are just gibberish to them.
If it comes up again, gently correct her and teach her the new word. As she gets older she will slowly learn to distinguish between real and make-believe, but let her learn that on her own. Allowing her to call an animal (real or not) by the incorrect name will do her a disservice in the future, and she might resent you for letting her be wrong for all that time.