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    Kids say the darn-dest things!

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    If you have ever spent time with young children, you have probably heard them say the funniest things. While we enjoy the humor children often provide, we can also learn a great deal about development from them.

    Examples

    • “Do you have a sister?”
    • The little boy answers “Yes,” as the family gathers around to listen to the child’s response.
    • “What is your sister’s name?”
    • With a proud smile and confidence in his voice, the little boy says, “Ashleigh.”
    • The family cheers for his answer. “Does your sister have a brother?”
    • The little boy grimaces and looks at his family and speaks with certainty in his voice…“No!”
    • Is there something wrong with this little boy? Absolutely not!

    One of the most important advances in childhood development is the understanding that humans develop physically, morally, and intellectually in a sequential pattern. This little boy will not always believe that he has a sister but his sister does not have a brother. He will grow and mature and so will his thinking.