This post is also known as ‘Logic and Little Kids don’t always mix”
I’m certain you have had one of these moments. A moment when you can’t seem to explain something to your child…a moment when they simply refuse to accept the fact that you really do know what you are talking about! In my house it has turned into a running argument/debate.
Mini is learning to count as all little ones do. She’s nearing four and has been counting to 20 for quite some time now. And she can happily continue to 29. It is the number after 29 that has her thrown for a loop.
She says it is 20:10. That’s her answer and she’s stickin’ to it. In case you are wondering, she is more than happy to continue with thirty one, thirty-two, thirty-three, etc. But then again, you have the ’10’ problem. We hit 39 and she wants to say 30-10. But, once again, she is happy to be directed to 40.
And absolutely NOTHING my husband or I can say will make her change her mind or see the error of her ways. We have asked her to question clearly unbiased strangers on the street (all of whom she deems wrong after they answer the question) and that has yet to sway her.
She is simply conviced we are wrong. I’ve tried the 3 and 30 connection and the 4 and 40 connection, but since she doesn’t count by 10’s yet, she isn’t buying it. And, quite honestly, I don’t know how to explain it any other way. I’m stumped.
So, in her little world, this makes me wrong. I’m open to suggestions if anyone has battled this toddler version of counting.