I know I post about Mikey a lot. I post about him more than the other kids. I know. He’s not my favorite. He’s just kind of…the most interesting right now. It’s probably a phase.
Anyway, Mikey has known his right from his left for about a year now. Most three year olds (a year ago) do not know their right from their left. Mikey does. Since he was little bitty I would tell him which foot I was putting his socks and shoes on so he would learn him right from his left. However, he will almost always say it wrong just to be difficult. He not only knows his right from his left, but he has the ability to say it backwards on purpose almost every time without missing a beat. How do I know that he’s not just confused? Because I just know. He has a certain grin when he’s being contrary. Only lately has he been willing to say it correctly because a couple of months ago I got tired of him saying it wrong. I told him that we weren’t going to talk about right or left anymore until he was willing to say it the right way.
He also knows lots of shapes and how many sides they have. I know that he knows, but he will tell you the wrong number almost every time just to be difficult.
He knows every letter in the alphabet. When he’s feeling cooperative he’ll tell you what they are when you ask. When he’s feeling rascally he’ll tell you that they all are P’s.
Most kids have this desire to perform for the adults in their lives. Like show them how much they know. Mikey doesn’t give a rip. He never has. Just like when he was a toddler, he didn’t do animal sounds on command with any regularity. It wasn’t because he didn’t know what sounds certain animals make. He just wasn’t going to stoop to that level of entertainment. Like if you seriously didn’t know what a cow says then he was not going to waste his time telling you.
So anyway, I don’t really know how well this attribute is going to work out for him as he progresses in school and in life. Hopefully he’ll begin to realize that being right is more fun than being wrong.