I tried to explain that even though there’s only one Jesus, he could be in everyone’s hearts. Then he said, “I don’t want a heart.” Then he said, “No, I want to switch hearts… with you. You have a big heart.”
Vincent is on that borderline that a lot gifted/advanced kids go through, where he’s learning some intricate concepts for a four-year-old, but he’s still, in fact, a four-year-old.
This leads me to another thought I’ve had brewing for a while… As Kelly posted last Friday regarding Vincent’s speech/development evaluation, the therapist was amazed at not only his cognitive development, but also at his vocabulary. I believe this is because we try not to “dumb down” everything for the kids. I see a lot of parents come up with alternate “kid friendly” names for things. In our house we try to remember to call things what they are. The technique has worked pretty well so far. This means cutting out “baby talk” once they’ve learned to talk. (I think using baby talk to communicate with a toddler is a great way to cultivate a speech disorder.)
There is one instance, by the way, where I should have kept my “work mouth” separate from my “home mouth.” One day Kenniston walked up and said, “Mommy, I pissed in my princess pull-up.” We had to explain that Daddy made a mistake, and that we shouldn’t say that word. …Oops!