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Norbert Chan
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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.
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Hi there,

I think it's fine to teach her the word "unicorn", she's going to learn that some things (like Santa Claus) don't exist, but no harm in enlarging her imagination and learning more words for now
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Show her a picture of an elephant and tell her that's an elephant. If she asks what the unicorn is tell her, "it's not an elephant."


I was holder up markers and asking my niece what color they were. Red, green, yellow, blue...and when I held up the purple marker she studied it and replied, "not blue."

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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!
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Give her a couple of sharp knives. Perhaps she is an artist and wants to carve a unicorn out of the block.
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Norbert Chan wrote:
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.


Tell her elephants are imaginary.
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Tell her it's a 1-horned goat.


On a slightly different note (or 2).

My mom was briefly a door greeter at the local Wal-Mart.

I modified a song (or 2) to relate to her.


My momma was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people greeter,

and my momma told you, "you better shop around."
surprise



edit: add one-eyed
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Norbert Chan wrote:
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...
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Eventually kids get to the point where they realize that we, their parents, don't know everything. There's nothing wrong with helping them along that path by feeding them falsehoods early.
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Tell her it's a unicorn. They roll with the whole "not real" thing pretty well most of the time. I never had to explain unicorns and pegasi weren't real to mine, she already knew it.
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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.

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Tell her what it is. Unicorns exist in the collective mind, it doesn't matter that they aren't real animals.
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As an aside, for the longest time my kids called them Unihorns.

TomA and I thought it was so logical, we couldn't bear to correct them.
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Bearcat89 wrote:
They're cute when they are able to modify an entire family's vocabulary.
Which is why the word chew-mongous is one of my all-time favorites.
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You can't prove that unicorns don't exist.

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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.
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Just keep her far away from any T V set to avoid 'hearing' her *retort* at A-N-Y 'time': "They're here!..." shake
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It won't help with your unicorn problem but it could add lots of fun to the confusion.





FYI Eric (the writer and singer) is a gamer in addition to being a nationally known kid's musician.
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avkiopy wrote:
she's going to learn that some things (like Santa Claus) don't exist


WTF, no spoiler tags? What a cruel way for me to find this out!
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The "Reverse Santa Clause Problem"?

Is that when some old homeless guy breaks into your house at night and steals all of the presents you got for Christmas?
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Do you know HOW we 'realize' that the "Tooth Fairy" was concocted in Alabama? Because, anywhere ELSE and this would have been the: "TEETH" 'kind'! The very same manner as regarding: "Toothpaste"!
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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.
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